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Butter increases the risk of cardiovascular disease more than olive oil. Photo: iStock
Butter increases the risk of cardiovascular disease more than olive oil. Photo: iStock

Butter—your heart’s bitter enemy

Why you should avoid fried foods, butter and salt in your dieta few facts to make you healthier, starting today

More evidence, if needed, that fried food raises heart attack risk

People who eat lots of fried food and sugary drinks have a 56% higher risk of heart disease compared to those who eat healthier, according to US researchers. The findings in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, were based on a six-year study of more than 17,000 people in the US. Researchers found that people who regularly ate what was described as a Southern style diet—fried foods, eggs, processed meats like bacon and ham, and sugary drinks—faced the highest risk of a heart attack or heart-related death during the next six years. Read more here.

Butter can be bad for your heart: study

Butter or olive oil? The argument is ancient with both sides weighing each other’s harmful side. But a new study has shown that butter raised study participants’ cholesterol. The study put either butter or olive oil, randomly selected, in what was otherwise participants’ normal diets for two five-week periods. It even double-blinded, meaning that the participants and evaluators didn’t know who was consuming butter and who was consuming olive oil. The results showed that eating butter increased the total cholesterol level, including LDL cholesterol, the type that builds up in arteries and causes blockages, and the study showed higher levels on Team Butter than on Team Olive Oil, increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more here.

Scientists crack the secret of living till 100

Wonder how some people live a healthy and physically independent life oer the age of 100? Now scientists have cracked the secret. For the first time, a team of experts from Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, explored which biological and pathological processes may be the most important for successful ageing after 100 years of age. They identified that to live past the age of 100 you must keep inflammation down in the body and telomeres long – which are the part of human cells that affect how our cells age. Severe inflammation is part of many diseases in the old, such as diabetes or diseases attacking the bones or the body’s joints, and chronic inflammation can develop from any of them. Read more here

Watch that salt

High salt intake may increase MS risk for people with genetic susceptibility. By offering an explanation as to how eating too much salt may contribute to the disease, a new study improves our understanding of what can trigger multiple sclerosis in some people. Researchers found a high salt intake may raise the risk of MS for people genetically susceptible to the condition. The study suggests that while high intake of salt may be a risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS), it is likely to be so only in people with a genetic risk. Also, for some genetic risk groups, high salt intake is more likely to be a trigger for the disease in women than in men. MS is a debilitating disease where the immune system attacks nerve tissue in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. Genetics and environment are thought to be risk factors, as is gender - incidence in women has roughly tripled in the last century. Read more here.

Bigger families mean more infections, study finds

Love kids? Having a bunch may have its downside, a new study finds stating that the more kids in the family, the longer viruses are present in the household. Researchers say being part of a big family boosts the risk of passing on viral infections that cause colds, flu and other respiratory woes. “A lot families go through wave after wave of illness. In fact, some of the kids we monitored had symptoms for 20 to 25 weeks in a row," study co-first author Carrie Byington, a professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Utah, said in a university news release. Read more here.

Compiled by Pooja Chaturvedi

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