Butter Is Bad For You...Again

We can't believe it either

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I've never felt hungrier than when trying to keep up with the latest food trend.

One minute butter is bad for you, the next we're all being told to eat more and forget about the extortionate amount we just spent on that jar of coconut oil in a bid to be healthier.

But this time the nutritionist who just a few weeks ago claimed that eating butter – a saturated fat also found in foods such as cream, cheese and red meats – was 'harmless' and might even mildly help protect you against type 2 diabetes, has come to a different conclusion.

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His latest research suggests that for every 100 calories of saturated fat you replace with nuts, seeds or olive oil – so-called 'healthy' fats - your risk of getting type 2 diabetes would drop by 22 per cent and your chances of getting heart disease by 7 per cent.    

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In June Professor Mozaffarian, a nutritionist at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts who led the research, claimed that while butter was not a health food it was not as bad for you as has been previously suggested and compared to other 'healthier' foods such as cereals and meat.

'In my mind, saturated fat is kind of neutral overall,' he said.

'Vegetable oils and fruits and nuts are healthier than butter, but on the other hand, low-fat turkey meat or a bagel or cornflakes or soda is worse for you than butter.'

Hurray! We cheered as we watched another dollop of butter melt into our morning toast.

But the latest findings suggest that we should limit our butter intake, and instead aim to eat more unsaturated fats found in walnuts, sunflower seeds, soybeans, flaxseed and fish.

Confused? Hungry? Us too. 

Maybe there needs to be more research to better understand butter. 

In the meantime we're spreading the joy (in moderation of course).

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