When it comes to taste, creamy and rich butter wins every time over other spreads, and because it’s high in fat, it’s satisfying and keeps you full for longer. The fact is, not all fats are bad. A focus on eliminating “fat” from our diets has, in many instances, led us to replace even healthy fats with sugars and other simple carbohydrate foods that may actually be worse for our health. In fact, butter is one of the best dietary sources of Vitamin A; it contains vitamins E, K and D and is a rich source of selenium.
A study by the University of Cambridge found that saturated fat in dairy foods might protect against diabetes, while a major study by McMaster University in Canada failed to find a link between saturated fat and ill health at all.
A top London cardiologist and advisor to the National Obesity Forum, Dr Malhotra, advocates sticking with butter to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia and cancer.
“I would choose butter over margarine any day of the week and I advise my patients to do the same.” He believes butter is neither good nor bad for our health (its effects are probably “neutral”, he says) but he has concerns about margarine: “I believe it’s potentially harmful.”
Top those benefits with amazing flavour and well, it’s a no-brainer …butter is back!
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