Can Butter Cause Cardiovascular Issues?

We’ve all been told that consuming high levels of fat puts us at cardiovascular risk. In other words, butter is bad for our hearts. For years health officials warned of the dangers of butter. Because of this, many of us probably stopped eating butter completely. But according to recent studies, butter isn’t as unhealthy as we’ve been told. Certainly, there are several health benefits to butter.

How did butter become condemned in the nutritional world?

Recently published documents show that during the 1960s, certain sugar companies paid scientists to diminish the link between sugar and heart disease. Scientists were paid to imply that saturated fats were to be blamed for cardiovascular disease. And with that suggestion came the popularity of low-fat diets. People purged their homes of butter started to throw margarine in their shopping carts. Over the years butter has been blamed for a myriad of health issues, ranging from ovarian cancer to clogged arteries.

The debate about butter and health still rages on. As health officials continue to stress low-fat diets many Americans eat high-sugar foods. Some experts claim that this is causing the obesity crisis. Instead of consuming “healthy” low-fat and high-sugar foods, the health of the general population could greatly improve if we throw away butter’s bad reputation.

Why Butter is Healthier

Recent studies have found that those on diets with higher fat were no more at risk for heart disease than those who follow low-fat diets. What does this imply? Simply that butter is not the cause of cardiovascular problems. Consuming a lot of butter for a long time is bad for you. But you shouldn’t feel bad for slapping a little more butter on your dinner roll or throwing in a few more pads of butter to the frying pan.

Consuming butter won’t cause any major health issues. In fact, there are many benefits to eating butter. Besides the taste, of course. Here’s just a few:

  • Butter is packed with immune-boosting vitamins, including vitamins A and D.
  • Because of the vitamins K and D found it butter, it may be able to help increase muscle strength and bone density.
  • Sodium butyrate is found in butter and might help lessen the symptoms of diabetes.
  • It could help diminish colorectal cancer, because of the conjugated linoleic acid found in butter.
  • Vitamins A, D and K- all of which are found in butter -could help fight tooth decay and cavities.

So don’t be afraid to reach for the butter and enjoy the health benefits of it. The rumors to blame butter for cardiovascular disease are a myth. Enjoy your butter and enjoy your life.