Is Butter Really Better?

There has been a lot of “science” lately saying that animal fats and saturated fats are fine for your heart and don’t really cause heart disease. But is that really true or is it just skewing the data and cherry picking what you want?

Not every one agrees. Many cardiologists are moving away from animal foods and promoting a vegetarian or even vegan lifestyle for health purposes. A new report from the Harvard School of Public Health helps to clear up the confusion.

The key finding of the study: if you reduce your intake of saturated fats from butter, dairy and meats and replace the calories with whole grains, polyunsaturated fatty acids (“healthy fats”) and monounsaturated fatty acids (like in olives), you should indeed enjoy a significant drop in heart disease risk.

But replacing saturated fats with refined starches and added sugars will notlower heart disease risk.

In other words, people who give up saturated fats tend to replace them with refined carbs, which aren’t any healthier and may even increase your risk of heart disease, as previous studies have shown. That’s likely what led to the confusing — and erroneous — conclusion of past reports that reducing saturated fats could increase your risk of disease.

The bottom line: Limiting saturated fats will benefit your heart but — and here’s the crucial part — only if you replace them with the right foods.

So what are the foods you should eat? It is NOT the refined carbs, sugar, and junk food. You must replace them with real fruits and veggies and whole grains. Add olives, avocados, and nuts to get your natural oils.

We can always count on  MindBodyGreen to share the best and latest research. Read the rest of the study here.

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