As if Food & Wine doesn’t give us enough reason to feel hungry or inspired, they’ve just upped our spirits once again in a pretty big way. In a recently published article, they’ve revealed the surprising findings of studies conducted by researchers at UNC School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
What did they find?
Though the benefits of replacing butter and other saturated fats with vegetable oil (high in linoleic acid) have long been advertised, according to data previously unreleased, “people who use vegetable oils do see lowered cholesterol, but they are also twice as likely to have a heart attack compared to butter eaters. Women and patients older than 65, in fact, were 15 percent more likely to die, compared to the control group.”
What does this mean? While we’re not out to vilify olive oil just yet, we do think this is another case for balance and moderation when it comes to what we load up on our plates. So, by all means, go to town on those greens, mint pesto veggies, or some gluten-free chicken sausage dolmas.
But don’t forget to indulge with a little butter on your toast, too.
What other foods do you think get an unfair reputation?
For more on this topic, find the full article here.
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