Consuming butter may double your risk of diabetes

If you are so fond of butter and like it to be used in your daily meals, then beware! You may risk inviting diabetes.

According to a recent study, the consumption of 12 grams per day of butter was associated with a twofold higher risk of diabetes. Those eating whole-fat yogurt were associated with a lower risk.

Researchers at the Unit of Human Nutrition of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona-Spain), in collaboration with other centers from the PREDIMED Study and Harvard University, have evaluated the associations between total and subtypes of fat intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study analyzed data from 3,349 participants in the PREDIMED Study who were free of diabetes at baseline but at high cardiovascular risk.

After 4.5 years of follow-up, 266 participants developed diabetes.

In addition, they have evaluated the relationship between food sources rich in saturated fatty acids and the incidence of type 2 diabetes.

Recently, dietary guidelines for the general population have shifted towards a plant-based diet (rich in legumes, whole-grain cereals, fruits, vegetables and nuts) and low in animal-based foods (like red meat and pastries).

Increasing evidence is suggesting that plant-based diets are beneficial for health and they also have less impact on the environment.

According to the researchers, these findings emphasize the healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet for preventing chronic diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes, and the importance of substituting saturated and animal fats (especially red and processed meat) for those found in vegetable sources such as olive oil and nuts.

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