Butter has earned a terrible reputation over the years. Despite the flavors it brings to the table, transforming the least inviting meals into masterpieces, people have taken to blaming butter for every possible medical ailment, from obesity to cardiovascular illnesses, so much so that butter has been shunned by many people for the negative reputation it has garnered.
For some people, not only does butter get unfairly blamed for problems like obesity but it is due for a comeback, not only as a tasty complement to most meals but also as a health food.
According to Doctor Laura Pimpin (previously of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy), people who eat a lot of butter tend to have unhealthy diets in general. This explains why they eventually struggle with obesity and cardiovascular disease. However, Laura thinks that doctors should stop associating butter with the poor health of their patients, ignoring the typically terrible lifestyles they might be living.
Doctor Pimpin isn’t the first person to suggest that butter is actually a relatively neutral food item having no real impact on human health. Presently an analyst for the UK Health Forum, Doctor Pimpin has suggested that the danger lies not in the butter itself but in the food items upon which it is spread. Foods like white bread and potatoes can increase the risk of illnesses like diabetes, and it is upon foods like this that butter is most commonly spread.
It should also be noted that there is no actual scientific evidence to suggest that saturated fats (of which butter is a great source) negatively impact human health.
Research throwing saturated fats in a negative light first emerged in the 1950s from scientists that drew conclusions from studies from countries that primarily supported their expectations, ignoring those studies that wouldn’t vilify saturated fats.
The notion of saturated fats as dangerous components has eventually stuck, with public health organizations continuing to spread this message up to today. This, in turn, has continued to reflect negatively upon butter.
Certain medical experts have emerged to suggest that butter consumption might actually reduce the risk of diabetes and other illness it has been accused of causing. These claims remain largely unproven at the moment. What most medical experts do agree on this is: butter is neither good nor bad.
Additional research is required to explore the benefits it might contribute to human health. However, everyone agrees that excessive butter consumption is still dangerous for your health, regardless of the potential benefits.