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Butter might not be bad for us after all - newspaper

In the 1980s people across the UK and United States were advised to slash their fat intake

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Leading experts have warned that advice to avoid butter and other similar fats over the last three decades was not only misguided, but potentially caused a rise in obesity as consumed more carbohydrates to make up for the change in diet, British newspaper the Daily Mail has reported.

In the 1980s people across the UK and United States were advised to slash their fat intake to 30 percent and saturated fat to as low as 10 percent, and increase their carbohydrate intake - but it is now apparent, the newspaper reported, that this led, in part, to the increasing waistlines of so many people living in the developed world.

In a new review it is claimed that not only was there no supporting evidence for the advice given out since the early 1980s, but instead “the present review concludes that dietary advice not merely needs review; it should not have been introduced.”

Professor Iain Broom, of the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, told the newspaper there was now mounting evidence against the introduction of low-fat diets to combat heart disease.

He said: ‘It is now time for the UK Government to grasp the nettle and stop an uncontrolled experiment, which has gone global and may have had bad outcomes in terms of the obesity explosion and creating a more unhealthy nation with the current idea of “healthy eating."

Not all health professionals agree with the findings – the newspaper added, citing the online British Medical Journal – Journal Open Heart which quoted many as saying ‘wider evidence at the time and since has justified the advice and heart deaths have fallen dramatically.’

But now the experts say the advice to avoid fats distracted people from the dangers of the excessive intake of other food sources such as carbohydrates – which many now know cause a large level of obesity.