How many times have you swapped out that spoonful of butter for oil to cook with? And how many times have you opted for jam instead of butter to slather over your bread? Well, you can finally use that spoonful of butter without worrying about all that unwanted fat, because butter’s no longer a threat.
A study recently published in PLOS One has determined that butter is not as terrible as we once thought it was. Researchers looked at nine different butter-related studies, and 636,151 healthy adults, and concluded that butter doesn’t contribute to cardiovascular disease. Hurray!
But does this mean we can start snacking on sticks of butter at a time? Sorry, but no. The study did find a connection between Type 2 diabetes and butter consumption, so you don’t want to go on a sudden butter-binge.
According to the study, “butter may be a more healthful choice than the white bread or potato on which it is commonly spread. In contrast, margarines, spreads, and cooking oils rich in healthful oils, such as soybean, canola, flaxseed and extra-virgin olive oil, appear to be healthier choices than either butter or refined grains, starches and sugars.” This means that butter is healthier than sugar but less healthy than certain oils.
So we can finally start to love butter a little more, now that we know it isn’t linked to cardiovascular disease; the study claims that 1 tablespoon of butter a day isn’t connected with harmful effects. But who knows what a stick of butter a day would do (probably nothing good). So you can eat butter, but eat it in moderation.
Looks like our long-lasting love-hate relationship with butter is finally coming to an end.
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