Butter not as bad as you thought, study suggests

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  • "A small amount of butter is not going to be a major problem," one expert says
  • There's little to no link between butter and chronic disease, a new study suggests
  • However, researchers warn that butter is still not exactly good for your health

(CNN)Have we gotten the health risks of butter all wrong?

The misunderstood dairy product often is linked to heart disease and risk of death, but a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday suggests that butter actually has more of a neutral association with mortality.
    In other words, it's neither terribly bad nor incredibly good for us, said Laura Pimpin, who co-authored the paper as a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University and now is a data analyst for the UK Health Forum in London.
    "We know from recent studies that the effects of dairy fats on health are not as negative as saturated fat from other sources, so we were expecting butter to have a limited risk in causing disease," she said.
    The researchers collected data on butter consumpt