The growing number of research studies from Harvard and Tufts are pointing to the fact that butter doesn’t seem to be hugely harmful or beneficial. Large number of nutrition experts emphasize that cutting back on fat, even the saturated kind, is doing more harm than good.
The new conclusions go against the longstanding advice to avoid butter because it contains saturated fat. Dr. Mozaffarian of Friedman School of Nutrition Science at Tufts in Boston, says, “saturated fat is kind of neutral overall, but low-fat turkey meat or a bagel or cornflakes or soda is worse for you than butter.”
In its health column, NY Times refers to the extensively researched book by Nina Teicholz “The Big Fat Surprise: why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet” which raised serious questions about the evidence that nearly 40 years ago promoted the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition to recommend that Americans follow a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol, suspected to behind the runaway epidemic heart and other cardiovascular diseases.
Food companies were then quick in coming up with low fat and fat free processed foods, replacing the maligned fats with carb, primarily the sugars and refined starches
However, new studies are highlighting the fact that it is the overconsumption of high fat meats and dairy products that has adverse impact on health. The experts are advising that consumption in moderate amount of food with saturated fat is better for health.