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Scientists at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, have some good news for you. They just published a paper that adds to a growing chorus confirming that saturated fats are not the enemy of heart health. That’s right. Once considered a direct cause of atherosclerosis (and thus heart disease), saturated fat has been exonerated. It’s off the hook. It simply isn’t linked to high cholesterol levels or an elevated cardiovascular disease risk. That means there’s no longer any justification for avoiding all butter.
Butter deserves to be taken off the FBI’s Most Wanted list. It’s no killer. It’s not even a criminal. In fact, diets that include full-fat dairy products may actually result in weight loss—not weight gain. There’s also evidence that a component of full-fat dairy products (probably a form of saturated fat) may help decrease one’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Julia Child would be so proud. The famous American chef was a beloved proponent of classic French cooking in America, at a time when most Americans’ impressions of French cuisine ranged from snails to soufflés—and little else. She coaxed America to fall in love with French cooking—and to embrace butter in all its creamy glory. Even garlic butter, for snails to luxuriate in.
The McMaster research team also confirmed, however, that artificial trans fats are definitely bad for your heart. These synthetic fats may be familiar to consumers of a certain age from products such as shelf-stable, solid-at-room-temperature “shortening” in a can. Trans fats are basically toxic to humans. They clearly encourage heart disease, and should be avoided in the diet at all costs. Sadly, although manufacturers have largely responded to market pressures, and have removed trans fats from their products (such as read-to-spread frostings), packaged goods makers are still free to include trans fats in their products. And they do.
In the present study, consumption of trans fats was associated with a 34% spike in all cause mortality. That means people who regularly consume trans fats are about one-third more likely to die from any cause, including heart attack and stroke, than people who do not eat these synthetic fats. Clearly, trans fats have no place in anyone’s diet. So, go ahead and cook with a little butter. It won’t kill you. The scientists cautioned, however, that dietary fats should still not be consumed in excess.
Stephanie K. Venn-Watson, Celeste Parry, Mark Baird, Sacha Stevenson, Kevin Carlin, Risa Daniels, Cynthia R. Smith, Richard Jones, Randall S. Wells, Sam Ridgway, Eric D. Jensen. Increased Dietary Intake of Saturated Fatty Acid Heptadecanoic Acid (C17:0) Associated with Decreasing Ferritin and Alleviated Metabolic Syndrome in Dolphins. PLOS ONE, 2015; 10 (7): e0132117 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132117
Ulrika Ericson, Sophie Hellstrand, Louise Brunkwall, Christina-Alexandra Schulz, Emily Sonestedt, Peter Wallstrom, Bo Gullberg, Elisabet Wirfalt, and Marju Orho-Melander. Food sources of fat may clarify the inconsistent role of dietary fat intake for incidence of type 2 diabetes. Am J Clin Nutr, April 2015 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.114.103010
University of Gothenburg. "Children Who Often Drink Full-fat Milk Weigh Less, Swedish Research Finds." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 November 2009. .