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Medscape Aug 12, 2016

Does eating butter increase the risk of developing cardiovascular (CV) disease? Admittedly, at present, no study formally answers this question. A meta-analysis recently published in PLOS Ones even questions the hypothesis that butter has a harmful effect. Its authors, who compiled nine observational studies carried out in 15 countries, came to a clear conclusion—that eating butter is not associated with an increase in CV risk. Nor did they find a dose/effect relationship.

In addition to these neutral CV findings, the meta-analysis yielded the following:

  • Consuming butter is associated with a lower risk for diabetes;
  • Consuming butter is associated with a discrete but significant increase in overall mortality.

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