Butter—a favorite toast topper and pan greaser of people world over—has been making a recent comeback, as the public has re-embraced fat consumption and the golden ingredient with it. Now, a study out of Tufts University shows that when it comes to your health, butter is less offensive than you might have thought.
According to the report, while butter certainly shouldn't be considered a healthy food, its actually better for you than sugar and a host of other common ingredients. Although the low-fat craze made butter public enemy number one for a time, researchers say that the previous notion that butter—and its saturated fat—consumption could lead to life-threatening risks was misguided.
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The results, published in PLOS ONE, took a look at the connection between butter consumption and a variety of health threats including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic diseases, and mortality. The team at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts analyzed nine previous related studies, including a test group of over 635,000 people from 15 countries, to examine how butter has been linked to these diseases.