A study published in the British Medical Journal last month has prompted a change in thinking….saturated fats are no longer the villain. The study revealed that those who avoided butter, a saturated fat, in favour of healthy spread alternatives may indeed have noted a drop in cholesterol levels, but this didn’t necessarily translate into a lower risk of heart disease.
There is now plenty of evidence that total fat or even dietary cholesterol is not linked to heart disease. In fact, in the US, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines actually removed any limits on fats and dietary cholesterol as it was no longer a “nutrient of concern”. It is more important to focus on the choosing the right type of dietary fats rather than reducing total fat, as well as a key focus on whole, nutrient dense foods and healthy diet and lifestyle patterns.
This is good news for all those who love butter – me included! As a saturated fat, it was deemed an unhealthy choice but more recently, butter is back in vogue with sales growing by 4% a year.
I am so excited to share with you my first success in the national press; an article in today’s Telegraph, featuring my comments (and a photo!) on butter as well as the other increasingly popular saturated fat – coconut oil. Please click on the link below.
Nutri-ful! Nugget: Combining a diet high in no-added sugar and with healthy Omega-3 fats, alongside a healthy lifestyle, is more likely to reduce the risk factors for developing heart disease as well as other chronic conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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