Creamy, mouth-wateringly delicious butter is making a well-deserved comeback, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Because, despite the mainstream’s attempt to demonize it, I’ve stayed a staunch supporter of the rich tasty spread.
While so-called “health experts” claimed butter was bad for your heart—and the grocery-store shelves filled up with disgusting, fake “buttery spreads”—I’ve been busy singing its health BENEFITS.
And now a new study has confirmed I was right all along.
Delicious creamy butter doesn’t harm your heart
If you caved under pressure from your doctor… or your well-meaning family… and gave up on farm-fresh REAL butter I’m betting you’re going to be pleased as punch to hear this too.
It looks like butter was simply another victim of the misguided low-fat diet trend. (You know, the one that claimed saturated fats were terribly harmful.) According to researchers butter isn’t bad for you in the least. In fact, according to the scientists butter…
- doesn’t increase your risk of heart disease,
- it won’t clog your arteries,
- and it will not trigger a stroke
And unlike those fake buttery spreads, which are loaded with health-harming ingredients I wouldn’t even feed my dog, butter doesn’t cause any heart troubles at all.
Lower your diabetes risk by eating butter
But butter does have an effect on another major disease. Eating butter could lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
And while the new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, doesn’t prove a cause and effect relationship between eating butter and the lower diabetes risk, it isn’t entirely a surprise either. Other studies, such as the one published this year in the journal Circulation, have linked full-fat dairy products to a lower risk of diabetes and better weight management.
So why has butter gotten such a bad rap? It turns out something your mom may have told you when you were a kid could be to blame.
I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager my mom was constantly warning me that I’d be judged by the company I kept. Well mom was definitely onto something. Butter’s bad reputation doesn’t actually have a thing to do with butter, but rather the foods people are always putting it on.
Empty, unhealthy carbs such as white bread, potatoes and white rice are constantly being paired with butter. Sure, those foods send your blood sugar soaring. And a steady diet of that stuff can eventually leads to insulin resistance and full-blown diabetes. But that doesn’t have a thing to do with butter. Butter is an innocent bystander.
Ditch the disease linked carbs, but go ahead and put butter back on your menu. Just make sure you’re choosing an organic variety! There are still plenty of delicious ways to enjoy it. Top off some low-carb cauliflower mash with a pat of creamy butter or top off a juicy steak with a little garlic in melted butter.
“A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Butter Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Total Mortality,” PLOS ONE, Published: June 29, 2016
“Biomarkers of Dairy Fat and Risk of Incident Diabetes Mellitus Among US Men and Women in Two Large Prospective Cohorts,” Circulation, July 12, 2016, Volume 134, Issue 2, Published Ahead of Print: March 22, 2016
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