Is butter as bad as we thought?

29 June 2016        

Category: BHF Comment

A block of butter on a chopping board with a knife

A new study published in the journal Plos One suggests butter has little or no link to heart disease and may actually protect people from diabetes.

Our Heart Health Dietitian, Tracy Parker, said: “Understanding the true relationship between diet and our health is difficult, but we know that replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fats seems to have a positive impact on our heart health and this is recognised by the authors of this study.

“Whilst the findings of this review indicate a small or neutral association between butter consumption and increased cardiovascular risk, it does not give us the green light to start eating more butter. More investigations are needed into the effects of saturated fat.

“What we do know is fat is just one element of our diet. There are many factors which cause cardiovascular disease and no single food or nutrient is solely responsible for this. To protect your heart health we would recommend a balanced Mediterranean style diet rich in fruit, vegetables and pulses.”