Vegetable oil isn’t better than butter for cardiovascular risk

BREAKING NEWS: Eating butter probably won’t kill you and that’s despite the studies that have connected saturated fat to high cholesterol levels… and high cholesterol levels to high risk of cardiovascular disease.

While it’s true that butter contains a lot of saturated fat, its connection to cardiovascular disease isn’t exactly the simple equation that has been presented to us thus far.

Thankfully, a new report of an old study confirms what I’ve been saying all along (despite its controversy) – that cooking with butter is actually good for you.

At the very least, according to the findings published in British Medical Journal, cooking with butter is better for your health than vegetable oils.

This, of course, contradicts the emphasis that nutritionists have placed on using vegetable oil (such as corn, safflower, soybean, sunflower, and cottonseed oil) instead of all-natural butter.

A team from University of North Carolina School of Medicine unearthed data from a previously hushed study out of Minnesota and found that subjects on a vegetable oil diet had a 22 per cent higher risk of DEATH, compared to those who were allowed to eat butter.

Out of a total of 9,400 men and women, 517 people passed away during the study – and lo and behold, the ones who died were also the ones with the greatest reduction in total cholesterol levels in their blood.

And they had almost twice as many heart attacks, too.

The interesting thing is that this data was actually collected DECADES ago  from 1968 to 1973 – and yet was only partially published in 1989.

Despite the fact that it’s one of the rare double-blind, randomised human clinical trials that has actually tested this hypothesis, some of its results sat collecting dust until the researchers recovered it.

One of the researchers went so far as to say that the benefits of replacing saturated fat (like butter) with vegetable oils have been OVERESTIMATED… and the risks of it have been UNDERESTIMATED.

Now, the team from the University of North Carolina weren’t willing to go so far as to say that butter may be GOOD for you after all. But, they admit, maybe it’s not as bad as people thought.

If you ask me, it’s not just that it’s the lesser of two evils. It CAN be good for you.

So, instead of dipping your knife into something that you can’t believe isn’t butter, why not just choose butter?

It’s a source of vitamins A and vitamin D and of so-called “good” fats – which you need to eat some of, in order to absorb certain kinds of nutrients (the ones that are considered “fat-soluble”).

Those good fats can also reduce your “bad” cholesterol levels. Of course, cholesterol isn’t such a black-and-white issue of “good” versus “bad” and “high” versus “low” – so I’ll dig more into that topic in the upcoming Health eTips.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Did Butter Get a Bad Rap? Maybe, Says New Research From UNC, alumni.unc.edu/news/did-butter-get-a-bad-rap-maybe-says-new-research-from-unc/

Cooking with butter may be more heart-healthy than vegetable oil: Study, washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/14/cooking-butter-may-be-more-heart-healthy-vegetable/

There’s a growing body of evidence that butter is actually good for you, qz.com/909320/researchers-have-found-more-evidence-that-butter-is-heart-healthy/

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