Butter will not kill you

<em>Butter</em> dish by DShopping on DaWanda.com Neither will salt But for now, ScienceDaily:

Butter consumption was only weakly associated with total mortality, not associated with cardiovascular disease, and slightly inversely associated (protective) with diabetes, according to a new epidemiological study which analyzed the association of butter consumption with chronic disease and all-cause mortality. This systematic review and meta-analysis, published in PLOS ONE, was led by Tufts scientists including Laura Pimpin, Ph.D., former postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts in Boston, and senior author Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the School. Paper. (public access) – Pimpin L, Wu JHY, Haskelberg H, Del Gobbo L, Mozaffarian D. Is Butter Back? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Butter Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Total Mortality. PLOS ONE, June 2016 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158118

See also: More from our denial files: Whole foods? Great if they make you feel better. That’s half the battle. But the science, as such, is negligible. Nutrition is, in general, as big a scandal as social sciences.


Official policy to prosecute skeptics. Gee. That’ll help.

If you want to live a long time, eat the way the long-lived people among your own ancestors ate, and make the best of it. In the current fog, one cannot think of any more useful advice.

  • WhiteRabbit3

    This is why I ignore dietary studies. Every conclusion seems to get overridden eventually.

    Eat a balanced diet without too many calories. Bugger the rest of the advice.

    • Yes But, as a taxpayer, you are paying for loads of compost marketed – at a much higher price – as science.

      • Surele Surele


  • canminuteman

    If you beleive in evolution it seems logical that the people who are around today would be the people who did well on the type of diet that their ancestors ate. My ancestors have been eating butter since we domesticated cows.

    Even if butter did kill you i’d eat it anyway.

    • Surele Surele

      My father used to say; if I can’t eat what I want to, just kill me please.

  • Surele Surele

    It appears that neither scientist nor nutritionists (could be the same) know shit. Every few months there is a new breakthrough. Butter will kill you! No margarine is worse! (it is, flavour at the least). Eat lots of fish. Don’t eat fish at all. Trans this and trans that. Eat this, don’t eat that. And then come the reversal ‘discoveries’. To hell with all this. I’ll eat what I want, when I want and where I want. As WhiteRabbit3 said before me; balance diet. L’Chaim!

    • mauser 98

      coffee , carbohydrates etc… even eggs a while back
      global warming gubmint funding at work

  • Minicapt

    Probably making this over the weekend:


  • jack burns

    True. But pretty good data to show that obesity will make everything worse, including cancer. If you have to go to one of these many medical mega-plexes notice the percentage of jacked up fat people.

    • Obesity exacerbates many health problems, but there is no evidence that butter, in principle, is more likely to make a person obese than olive oil. The calorie count is about even.

      • Also, the problem of overweight are often not nearly what the diet industry claims:

        • jack burns

          One url does not a case make. Obesity clearly exacerbates the course of say, prostate cancer, and presumably more. Type 2 diabetes is a given. I didn’t mean to say that butter made you fatter than consuming equivalent calories of something else. Calories are calories. Salvo mag? Come on.

          • Obesity IS a health problem but the diet industry thrives on subclinical issues like “overweight.” Most people would benefit more from just getting more exercise than from obsessing about their weight.

          • jack burns