DIABETES & ENDOCRINOLOGY
The following is an edited commentary by endocrinologist-nutritionist Boris Hansel, MD, an obesity management specialist who practices in Paris, France. This commentary has been translated from French.
Butter and Health
What impact does butter have on health? This is a sensitive and frequently debated topic in France, where butter is a staple in culinary tradition and very important to the industry. In the background is the issue of the relationship between consuming saturated fatty acids and cardiovascular (CV) health.
Traditionally, the recommendation has been to limit saturated fatty acid intake in favor of unsaturated fatty acids. Because butter is one of the foods highest in saturated fat, the advice often given by practitioners has been to limit butter consumption/.../