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Consuming butter may double your risk of diabetes

New York, Feb 17 Indo-Asian News Service  (IANS) Next time you order pizza with extra cheese or paranthas with dollops of butter, remember, you may be twice at risk of  diabetes, researchers have warned.

The findings in the study led by Marta Guasch-Ferre, researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the US, showed that people who consumed 12 grams per day of butter had a two-fold higher risk of  diabetes.

Saturated and animal fat such as cheese and butter that are rich in saturated fatty acids and trans fats, their intake creates greater risk of diabetes, whereas whole-fat yogurt intake is associated with a lower risk.

Butter may be the dangerous for you than other meals and cooking oils that are prosperous in “healthy fats,”. These alternatives include soybean, canola, flaxseed and extra-virgin olive oil, along with some varieties of margarine. Such spreads and oils include more unsaturated fats, which are commonly considered heal thier than saturated fats.

On the other hand, plant-based diets — rich in legumes, whole-grain cereals, fruits, vegetables and nuts — have been found more beneficial for health than animal-based foods such as red meat and processed meat, and also have less impact on the environment.

In addition, a Mediterranean diet — rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, high on healthy fats like olive oil and low in refined sugars and saturated fats — may be useful for preventing chronic diseases, particularly Type 2 diabetes, the researchers stated in the paper, published in the the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Consumption of dietary fat has been previously associated with cardiovascular disease.

For the new study, the team analyzed data from 3,349 participants who were free of diabetes at baseline but at high cardiovascular risk. After four-and-half years of follow-up, 266 participants developed diabetes.

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