The findings fly in the face of health guidelines that have long warned you of the supposed dangers of eating foods high in saturated fat and all the side-eye you've gotten over the years when you've reached for the butter dish. You've finally been vindicated. Well, mostly. While the researchers note that butter isn't as harmful as you've been led to believe, it certainly isn't a health food or even your best choice sometimes; especially, if you spread it on unhealthy foods like white bread.
"Even though people who eat more butter generally have worse diets and lifestyles, it seemed to be pretty neutral overall," Laura Pimpin, Ph.D., former postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts, said in a press release. "This suggests that butter may be a 'middle-of-the-road' food: a more healthful choice than sugar or starch, such as the white bread or potato on which butter is commonly spread and which have been linked to higher risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease; and a worse choice than many margarines and cooking oils -- those rich in healthy fats such as soybean, canola, flaxseed, and extra virgin olive oils -- which would likely lower risk compared with either butter or refined grains, starches, and sugars."