Butter is rich in saturated fats and a recent study has shown that the supposed link between moderate intake of saturated fats and coronary heart disease does not appear to exist – contradicting about 50 years of health advice.
So what does the latest research say?
It was an “observational” study which means it analysed people’s memory of what they ate and compared this to whether they suffered or died from coronary heart disease, stroke or type-2 diabetes. It found no link between these diseases and saturated fats but did find a link with trans-fats, which are the fats made industrially by the hydrogenation of vegetable oil, for instance to make margarine.
What does that mean?
It does not mean that we can now reach out for the butter dish and forget all previous warnings about saturated fats – even the scientists who carried out the study say this. High amounts of saturated fats in the diet are probably not good for us, but the risk almost certainly varies between people.