Is butter good for you?
Can it be true? Can you finally eat butter guilt-free? What about egg yolks, gooey cheese, cows' milk, and animal fat? Are these foods, which we all eschewed in the 80's because of their high saturated fat levels, now good for you? (Please don't tell me I spent decades eating tasteless breads and dry toast for nothing!!)
Researchers questioned our long held anti-fat beliefs in 2015. How? Their study, published in the British Medical Journal, found no correlation between heart disease and saturated fat intake.
I know: your dreaming of all those lost meals.
Before you sit down with popcorn drenched in butter, though, it's best to keep in mind that one research study should not prompt you to throw out an entire diet philosophy. Research also tells us a couple things to keep in mind:
- Eating a lot of saturated raises cholesterol levels, (LDL, or the bad kind). This can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease
- Eating foods rich in polyunsaturated fats, like walnuts, avocados, olives can lower your LDL and help promote cell growth and brain function
- Fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, because they fuel your body with vital vitamins and minerals, and they can reduce your risk of developing some cancers and disease
- Whole grains can fill you up, minimizing the amount of fat you need to take in. A diet high in whole grains can also control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and other diseases
The moral of the story? Don't throw out all your healthy eating habits. A lot of research still dictates we control our saturated fat intake. However, I know I'm going to enjoy some buttery toast for breakfast tomorrow morning.