Love a bit of butter on your bread?
Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…
The good news for the butter lovers among us is that sunflower oil spreads – long promoted for a healthier heart – are actually no better for our cholesterol levels. After looking at 72 studies with a total of 600,000 participants, research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and led by investigators at the University of Cambridge, found no evidence that the polyunsaturated fats in butter alternatives offered any protection against heart disease.
That said, the British Heart Foundation warns that we must still be mindful about the amount of saturated fat in our diets. Trans fats (in many processed foods – especially from fast food outlets) are strongly and positively associated with risk of heart diseases – but replacing fats with excess carbohydrates (such as white bread, white rice, potatoes etc), or with refined sugar and salts in processed foods should be discouraged. The best way to stay heart healthy is to stop smoking, stay active, and ensure our whole diet is healthy – and this means considering not only the fats in our diet but also our intake of salt, sugar and fruit and vegetables.