Butter unlikely to harm health, but margarine could be deadly
Saturated fat does not increase the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes or early death, a study has shown
Saturated fat found in butter, meat or cream is unlikely to kill you, but margarine just might, new research suggests.
Although traditionally dieticians have advised people to cut down on animal fats, the biggest ever study has shown that it does not increase the risk of stroke, heart disease or diabetes.
However trans-fats, found in processed foods like margarine raises the risk of death by 34 per cent.
"For years everyone has been advised to cut out fats,” said study lead author Doctor Russell de Souza, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at McMaster University in Canada.
"Trans fats have no health benefits and pose a significant risk for heart disease, but the case for saturated fat is less clear.
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Saturated fats come mainly from animal products, such as butter, cows' milk, meat, salmon and egg yolks, and some plant products such as chocolate and palm oils.
In contrast Trans unsaturated fats or trans fats - are mainly produced industrially from plant oils for use in margarine, snack foods and packaged baked goods.
I remember hearing about trans fats, but I didn't know margarine was one of them. Fuck.
Oh, and the unhealthy trans fats come from plants whereas the benign saturated fats come from animals. Take that vegans!
What else? Oh, just the other day I heard that the plastic they used to replace BPA might be even more dangerous:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ ... story.html
So if you see a bottle that says "BPA free", just remember that doesn't mean it's any safer. Might actually be worse.