By: NBC News
By: NBC News

"Now according to the American Butter association, we eat about 5 point 6 pounds of butter a year. But that's nothing, back in the 1930's your grandfather used to eat 18 pounds of butter a year."

It's rich, creamy, and a staple in many American households. It can be melted, baked or spread over your favorite foods. It's *butter*.

And new reports show we are eating it more now than we have in the past four decades. But butter has gone through a rough patch over the years.

"About 30-40 years ago when I went to more margarine, cooking with more margarine, trying to find substitutes for butter because at that time they came out with butter was supposed to be bad for you."

Health experts steered people away from butter, pushing butter substitutes, more alternative oils and margarine.

But now reports that butter is bouncing back... That butter consumption in 2013 reached its highest level in 40 years. Part of the reason, a shift against processed foods, artificial ingredients and certain trans fats.

The change in consumer preference has a lot to do the ongoing debate about the benefits and risks of all types of fats. Butter has saturated fats while many types of margarine contain trans fat.

The bottom line: many experts are saying that butter may not be as bad as once suspected... Some even say a little butter can be part of a healthy diet.

Meanwhile, the FDA is moving to ban trans-fats altogether. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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