Monday, February 8, 2016

Crab Imperial #GardenCuizine Cooking with #realbutter Can we trust advice about Saturated Fats?

Crab Imperial
 made with real Butter

Watch for my spin of a traditional recipe adapted from the Colonial Williamsburg Cookbook. The recipe calls for butter. Butter adds great flavor to seafood; no substitutions were used.

A few words about Saturated Fats and cooking with real Butter
Over the years, starting in 1977, US public health dietary advice to the public was to reduce overall fat consumption to 30% of total energy intake and reduce saturated fat consumption to 10% of total energy intake. During that time Americans feasted on foods low in fat with little mindfulness about carbohydrate content. Obesity increased to the epidemic levels we have today.

Health buzz over butter got sizzling after the March 2014 release of a controversial meta-analysis study by Chowhury, Kunutsor, Crowe, who concluded that current evidence did not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.  

Writers were quick to comment on this hot topic; I remember the June 2014 Time Magazine's cover featuring a big fat swirl of real butter. I actually saved that issue and have a copy as a souvenir.

Just last year a meta-analysis study by Harcombe, Baker, Cooper informed the public that the US National Dietary Guidelines to consume low fat foods to prevent cardiovascular disease did not have enough RCT evidence to support that claim. Say what? ...not enough randomized controlled trials?!? And, the studies didn't include any women! As a dietitian, I find that shocking.

So while healthcare leaders decide what future recommendations will be with regard to saturated fats, here's the deal on butter: One tablespoon (14g) of butter contains 11g total fat (17% DV) with 7g of saturated fat (36% DV - very high) and 100 calories. Saturated fats have been shown to increase bad LDL cholesterol. The saturated fat in butter also increases the good HDL cholesterol. What do you think? Eat it or not? Vegans of course won't because it's from an animal. What if you're not vegan? 

Best advice is to Savor the Flavor (this year's NNM theme) and focus on the quality of your overall food choices and be mindful of excess calories and saturated fat consumption. For disease prevention, or if you have heart disease or high cholesterol, it makes sense to limit foods like butter.  

Enjoy butter in moderation; especially in recipes that require making a roux for thickening. Butter is a good source of butyrate, hence the origin of the name.

Crab Imperial recipe coming next - just have to type it up!
Related Links
Is Butter Really Back?
Butter is Back 
Meta-analysis study by Chowhury, Kunutsor, Crowe 
Saturated Fat: Not so Bad or just Bad Science? Today's Dietitian 


Unknown said...

Diana, I need to check in with your site more regularly, I really appreciate all your information!

GardenCuizine said...

Thanks Sally! hope all is well and you're getting out in the garden. Your mock orange is getting bigger and doing well - can't wait to see it in bloom!