Butter Can Be Part of A Healthy Diet

UK - Calls for a ban on butter belong to the bad old days of knee-jerk nutritional science, The Dairy Council has said.
calendar icon 18 January 2010
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Director, Dr Judith Bryans, said: “Consumers are well aware that butter contains fat, so they tend to enjoy it in small amounts because it’s natural and because they like the taste and texture.”

“Dairy companies have worked hard over the years to ensure that there is a huge range of butters and spreads available on the market. Shoppers can choose a product with the flavour or fat profile that best suits their diet.

“It’s also worth noting that butter constitutes less than 15 per cent of the market by volume, equivalent to less than 6g per person per day. Margarine and spreads account for more than two-thirds of the market.

“In the amounts that it is consumed, butter can be part of the diet. It is all about balance. The idea that any one food should be banned does not fit with global or with UK nutrition policy.”

On its Eatwell site the Food Standards Agency (FSA) advises “it's OK to eat a small amount of butter as part of a healthy balanced diet.”

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