After years of pushing away the butter, it appears that butter is ok to eat again. A recent Tufts University study has essentially neutralized butter, moving it from the forbidden fat category to safe to eat in moderation. What was this study tell us, and what does celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak say about consuming butter?
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What started out the whole butter debate was a recent Tufts University study claiming that butter is not as unhealthy as it was previously thought to be. In fact, the research findings indicate that consuming butter was not associated with heart disease as was previously published. In addition, this latest study found that those who consumed butter had a bit of protection from developing diabetes 2 and a very small association with risk of premature death.
So does this mean that eating butter is ok? Senior author of the study and dean of the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, said that consuming butter is essentially neutral.
“Overall, our results suggest that butter should neither be demonized nor considered ‘back’ as a route to good health.”
Recently in People, Harley Pasternak, trainer for such fit celebrities as Katy Perry, Kate Upton, Megan Fox, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Hudson wrote about butter and gave the lowdown on fats in general. Before indulging in a tub of real butter, Harley has some sage advice on healthfully consuming butter.
Experts in nutrition like Pasternak can look at a study and simplify the results for the average consumer. In this recent butter study, Pasternak cautions people to be careful with the interpretation of the study results such as butter causing the decrease in new cases of type 2 diabetes.
“As with all studies, we need to be careful with the interpretation and application of the results. The findings observed do not prove cause-and-effect. For example, we cannot definitively say that one serving of butter a day caused the decrease in new cases of type 2 diabetes. Many other factors could have been at play.”
In addition, Pasternak pointed out that there need to be additional controlled trials that include those with similar statistics who consume butter and those who do not. He pointed out that this study is very limited in concrete information.
“This review did not account for other factors known to affect cardiovascular health, such as overweightness and physical inactivity. In addition, without randomized controlled trials to compare the health outcomes of people who do and don’t consume butter, or people who consume healthier alternatives to butter, these researchers were limited in their conclusions.”
So, what is Harley Pasternak’s final verdict on butter?
“So can you eat butter? Sometimes.”
As a nutrition expert, Pasternak further clarified what this study means when we are consciously choosing what to eat to stay healthy.
“Sure, a pat of butter here and there won’t do real damage, but where possible, we should be using the unsaturated fats that actually promote health, rather than ones that aren’t shown to be beneficial.”
So basically, butter is not on par with the fats in salmon nor olive oil, yet, butter no longer deserves the unhealthy rap it has received for years. Most of all, Pasternak says that butter is much healthier than margarine, the butter substitute. Margarine consists mostly of the unhealthy trans fats that are very dangerous to heart health. Worst of all, for many years, margarine was considered the superior alternative to butter. Now, butter is considered neutral, and margarine is definitely the unhealthy choice.
Hopefully, there will be further, more thorough, and conclusive studies on the effects of butter so that consumers know how much they can safely indulge in and still stay healthy.
Is this new study going to change your attitude about butter? Have you replaced margarine with butter in your refrigerator?
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