Con­sum­ing but­ter isn’t good or bad for you, study finds

The Daily Herald - - OPINION - By Kate Irby McClatchy Wash­ing­ton Bureau

Low-fat turkey meat, a bagel, corn­flakes, mar­garine and soda are all worse for you than but­ter, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

A study au­thored by Dr. Dar­iush Mozaf­far­ian, dean of the Fried­man School of Nutri­tion Sci­ence and Pol­icy at Tufts in Bos­ton, has de­clared but­ter a “neu­tral” food. It isn’t good for you, but it isn’t bad for you ei­ther.

There is no link be­tween con­sum­ing but­ter and an in­creased risk of heart dis­ease or stroke, the study says. It ac­tu­ally found that but­ter might slightly pre­vent Type 2 di­a­betes.

“Over­all, our re­sults sug­gest that but­ter should nei­ther be de­mo­nized nor con­sid­ered ‘back’ as a route to good health,” Mozaf­far­ian said in a state­ment.

The find­ings “do not sup­port a need for ma­jor em­pha­sis in di­etary guide­lines on ei­ther in­creas­ing or de­creas­ing but­ter con­sump­tion,” the re­searchers wrote.

The re­searchers an­a­lyzed nine el­i­gi­ble re­search stud­ies rep­re­sent­ing 636,151 unique in­di­vid­u­als with a to­tal of 6.5 mil­lion per­son­years of fol­low-up.

The av­er­age but­ter con­sump­tion across the nine stud­ies ranged from one-third of a ta­ble­spoon per day to 3.2 ta­ble­spoons per day. The study found small or in­signif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in terms of to­tal mor­tal­ity, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and di­a­betes.

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