Butter, is it really bad? Does it protect against diabetes? The opinion of the experts

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Butter. Is it bad, is it good or does it not affect our health at all? Is it really the best choice we can make when we are looking for a condiment or a fatty substance to mix and make our favorite dishes softer and tastier?



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Butter. Is it bad, is it good or does it not affect our health at all? Is it really the best choice we can make when we are looking for a condiment or a fatty substance to mix and make our favorite dishes softer and tastier?



These questions have been answered differently at different times, albeit often the trend is to demonize this fat of animal origin. Now, however, new research is added to affirm that the completely negative opinion on butter must at least be reduced.

This does not mean that the consumption of butter is recommended but that, how said Dariush Mozaffarian, research coordinator:

“Our results suggest that butter it must not be demonized, nor considered 'a healthy choice' ".

But what specifically did the new study, conducted by Tufts University in Boston in collaboration with the University of Sydney, highlight? First of all, it must be specified that the research was based on data from 9 previous studies made on a sample of over 630 thousand people. On previous occasions, the effect of a daily consumption of butter of between 5 and 45 grams was evaluated.

It was thus seen, by analyzing and comparing the data, that an average consumption of 14 grams of butter every day does not significantly increase the risk of death but above all that there is no increase in the occurrence of cardiovascular disease, as it is usually believed. However, a possible unexpected beneficial effect of the butter, or the capacity of this fat, has yet to be evaluated and confirmed protect against the onset of type 2 diabetes. In fact, it is the researchers themselves who affirm that new studies and research are needed to better clarify the issue.

La researcher Laura Pimpin said:

“Even though people who consume more butter generally have a worse diet and lifestyle, overall the food is fairly neutral. This suggests that butter can be regarded as a 'middle way' food: it is a healthier choice of sugars or starches, but less healthy than vegetable oils ".



For us, the news is not new. We have been telling you for some time: always better prefer quality vegetable oils (such as extra virgin olive oil) organic and cold pressed. There are also other alternatives to butter that can be considered, you can find them all here.



Read also: BUTTER: 5 VEGETABLE ALTERNATIVES BEYOND MARGARINA

Another good idea to replace animal fats is prepare homemade butter from dried fruit such as cashews, peanuts or almonds.

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