NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Long linked to obesity and high cholesterol, butter is making a comeback just as a new study suggests it may not be as bad for us as we thought.
It’s hard to imagine eating a baked potato or corn on the cob without butter.
“Butter is better. Butter is delicious, it adds amazing flavor,” said nutritionist Nicolette Pace.
Yet despite how good it tastes, doctors have long told us that butter isn’t good for us because it contains bad fat.
“Saturated fat can increase your triglycerides and that has an association with heart disease,” said cardiologist Dr. Daniel Yadegar.
But now, new research is turning everything we’ve heard about butter on its head.
“It’s a necessary part of our diet,” Pace said.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge in England found butter and other fats like it may not be as bad for us as once thought, and may even have some health benefits, Gainer reported.
“Their conclusion was that increasing saturated fats in our diet does not incur an additional cardiovascular risk,” said Yadegar.
“It has a tremendous amount of nutrients,” Pace said.
Pace said butter is actually rich in vitamins and important fatty acids.
“The brain tissue is 60 percent fat. Without adequate supply of fat, it’s going to suffer,” Pace said. “You’ll have mood problems, you’ll have fatigue.”