Ask the TriHealth Expert: Is butter better?

Ask the TriHealth Expert: Is butter better? (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new report released on butter raised new questions about whether people really need to swap what they slather on their toast every morning.

First it was bad for you, now is it good again? When it comes to butter the new summary study by Human Nutrition Researchers at Tufts University raised some questions about whether or not people really needed to give up butter.

There are lots of reasons some prefer butter so it was no surprise a new butter study was quite the toast of the town. The important thing to note was that the study was a summary of other studies conducted over a number of years. Researchers concluded probably what people have known for a while that what it comes down to was everything, including butter, in moderation.

Karolin Saweres with TriHealth said, "I don't think we have enough evidence to suggest that butter is better than margarine, or margarine is better than butter."

The study concluded that any fat, such as the kind from butter or burgers and fries, and even the kind in olive oil can still add up. So it's best to cut down on both to reduce heart disease risk. But registered dietitian Saweres said since fat has twice the calories of carbohydrate or protein it can still lead to weight gain which can raise heart disease risk, along with a few other things.

"I think the biggest factor is an increased BMI, also age and gender will play a factor in heart disease more than anything," said Saweres.

And even with the new "butter is better" good news, health officials were not promoting people should eat lots of butter or heavy creams. In the study those who ate more butter tended not to eat as healthy of a diet overall.

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