Butter, cream and cheese could help us live longer

Published: 31 August 2017

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Finally, the news we’ve all been waiting for.

Do you think avoiding your favourites such as butter, cream and cheese has been helping extend your life capacity? Think again.

According to a major study, avoiding these delicious delicacies could actually be increasing the risk of an early death.

A Canadian research team presented a very interesting study on Monday at the world’s largest heart conference, challenging decades upon decades of nutrition advice which has always told us to cut the fat out of our diet.

The study, which has been published in the Lancet medical journal, opined that fat may have a protective effect on health, and low-fat diets could actually be doing more harm than good.

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Butter helping us live longer? Sounds too good to be true. 

Researchers found those who eat the least fat have the highest mortality rates, to the tune of those with the lowest fat intake 23 per cent more likely to die young.

The rates of various cardiovascular diseases were essentially the same across fat intake, while strokes were less common among those with a high fat intake.

This major study tracked the eating habits of 135,000 adults in 18 countries, including high=income, medium-income and low-income nations, and followed the participants’ health for more than seven years on average.

Instead of cutting the fat, scientists recommend cutting back on those carbohydrates which many say should be at the centre of a healthy diet (breads, pastas, rice).