Add this to the “Nanny State Mentality” file: A prominent British heart surgeon has publicly called for a ban on butter in order to “save thousands of lives.”

The Daily Mail reports on the proposal, and the thankfully rapid response from a local voice of reason:

“A spokesman for Jamie Oliver, who has championed improved nutrition in schools, said: ‘He is completely against a ban on butter. He uses butter in his recipes, for example for roasting potatoes in his Christmas programme.'”

Oliver’s point: Everything in moderation. Also: Dairy products are good for you. But, uh, see point #1.

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