Americans Are Rekindling Their Love Affair With Butter
Americans are rediscovering their taste for butter despite previous notions of the dairy product’s unhealthiness.
The nation is expected to consume 8% more butter than last year, reaching 940,000 metric tons, according to a report from the United States Department of Agriculture. That’s the largest amount of butter consumed since 1967, Bloomberg reports.
In recent decades, butter had developed a reputation for clogging arteries, but companies are now marketing it as a safer alternative to the trans fats found in processed foods like margarine. A 2015 study from McMaster University in Canada found that trans fats increase the risk of death by 34%, according to the Telegraph, though the study’s lead author — Dr. Russell de Souza, an assistant professor at the university’s Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics — was careful to advocate a little caution:
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