You’re Worrying Way Too Much About Butter

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When did the hate against butter become so strong, causing us to forgo spreading a nice, thick layer of it on the free bread at our favorite restaurant?

And no, before you roll your eyes at the mere mention of “the latest study,” consider this: The findings this time are pretty tame.

Butter, it turns out, is neither truly healthy or truly unhealthy. Which means, that when it comes to cooking or spreading some on toast, there are healthier options and worse options available.

In short: There are other health things to worry about.

“Overall, our results suggest that butter should neither be demonized nor considered ‘back’ as a route to good health,” Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts in Boston, and the study’s author, said in a press release.

Specifically, the latest findings say that butter is not linked to a higher rate for heart disease. It might even be good for helping fight off type-2 diabetes (but hold off on that one since the findings aren’t conclusive).

The low-fat-everything trend has become pretty ingrained in pop culture. When that happened, butter, which has saturated fat,  also garnered a bad reputation.

But all that butter and saturated fat isn’t nearly as bad as processed carbohydrates (read: sugar, white bread, the like).

So go ahead and make peace with the tub of butter in the fridge.

Just play it safe with the load of bread.