Over the years butter has often received a bit of a bad rap, but with new statistics in town we’re cutting through the grease, and it now seems it isn't so bad after all.
New research published in the British Medical Journal suggests there is no link to an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or Type 2 diabetes with saturated fats such as butter (cue wild applause). But what it did find is that nasty trans fats have been associated with a greater risk of death and coronary heart disease.
"For years everyone has been advised to cut out fats. Trans fats have no health benefits and pose a significant risk for heart disease, but the case for saturated fat is less clear," said Russell de Souza, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and lead author of this research.
So, with trans fats (aka partially hydrogenated oils) being the fat to steer clear of, what do we actually need to know? Okay, so we know it’s bad - like lock it far away in a poisons cupboard kind of bad. You see, trans fat not only raises your cholesterol and clogs up arteries, it also likes to wipe your body clean of any good cholesterol you may have left. As a result, say hello to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, reproduction issues, obesity and decreased immune function.
Comment below what your thoughts are on this topic. Do you agree? Do you have butter or margarine on your morning toast?