For years, we've been told that butter, a saturated fat, is bad for our health. It was supposed to clog our arteries, leading to heart disease and heart attacks. People got the message. They either switched to vegetable oils or margarine. (Then it turned out that some oils weren't so healthy after all, but that's a different story.)
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Time for a reversal. A new study from Tufts University looked at the evidence and concluded that butter isn't so bad, after all. After looking at all the evidence--that included 600,000 people-- researchers found that there was no link between eating butter every day and a higher risk of heart disease. In fact, there was some evidence showing that eating butter could protect you against developing diabetes.
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That's not to say butter--or saturated fat in general--is a health food. It's a lot better for you than sugary foods, or processed carbs like white bread. So if you're going to bring it back into your life, do it in small pats. Like on your corn, or toast!
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