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Study Funded by Dairy Industry Finds That Butter Is Bad for You

The Danish Dairy Research Foundation recently funded a study that concluded that butter is less healthy than olive oil

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You’d be ‘butter’ off with a healthy oil alternative.

Newsflash: Butter is not really good for you, and now even the dairy industry has to agree. The Danish Dairy Research Foundation funded a study that concluded that butter raises bad cholesterol levels more than healthier lipids like olive oil.The study was recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and stipulated that even moderate butter consumption could lead to significantly higher levels of bad cholesterol. To recap: A study funded by the people who make butter found that butter is bad for you.

“We conclude that hypercholesterolemic people should keep their consumption of butter to a minimum, whereas moderate butter intake may be considered part of the diet in the normocholesterolemic population,” the study’s researchers concluded.

In layman’s terms, lay off the butter. According to Marion Nestle, with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, this is a rare phenomenon.


"It's very rare for an industry-funded study to find something that goes against the interests of that industry," Nestle told The Sydney Morning Herald. “The first thing you need to do when you read a study is figure out who paid for it. It's very telling."