It’s a story we have already spoken about but with more research backing up the original findings it is worth another mention.
They found that intake of saturated fat did not seem to be correlated with an increased chance of death or an increased chance of heart disease, stroke or type II diabetes. Intake of trans fats on the other hand, were associated with chance of death and heart disease.
In case you are desperately searching your grey matter for what trans fats are here is a little reminder. Trans fat is a type of unsaturated fat that has been altered (usually by an industrial process) to have a trans configuration instead of the much more common cis configuration. Don’t get too caught up on this, basically the transformation gives the fat more desirable qualities such as extended shelf life and decreased refrigeration requirements. They can also be used in place of animal fats as they are solid when they would normally be liquid.
So there you have it, don’t feel guilty about that knob of butter on your bread. There is already an effort under way to remove trans fats from our food but you may want to keep an eye on those ingredient labels.