New York Times Nutrition Columnist Says It’s OK to Eat Butter

heart health Jul 25, 2018

A March 2014 article in the New York Times titled Butter is Back by Mark Bittman citing a meta-analysis of 72 different studies stated “there’s just no evidence to support the notion that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease.”

The study he referred to was “Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids with Coronary Risk - A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” actually said…

 …Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats. (1)

 Contrary to Bittman’s statement, the study does not support the increased consumption of saturated fat.  It compares saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for the risk of coronary disease.

 Their findings use relative risk as a basis for comparison.

 For instance, in observational studies, the relative risk for...

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