• Butter boards are the new trend to enjoy as a shared appetizer instead of the charcuterie or cheese board; how healthy is the new fashion on the table

Cheese and charcuterie boards are giving way to butter boards. This is a new trend that is emerging on social networks, especially on TikTok. We review how healthy the table is as an appetizer.

Appetizer boards are often loaded with a variety of foods in smaller amounts to share and there are no rules on how to put them together.

Recipe developer Justine Doiron shared on her TikTok account @justine_snacks a video of her making a butter board that went viral. The dish is inspired by a recipe from Josh McFadden’s James Beard Award-winning book, “Six Seasons.

Doiron spreads butter on a serving board and adds various ingredients on top, including coarse salt, lemon zest, red onion, herbs, edible petals, and honey. She then she enjoys that butter spread on a slice of bread.

“Everyone loves butter,” McFadden told TODAY Food, adding that serving it in this visually stunning way makes it more fun and interactive.

The processed meats in the tables are not considered a healthy food, their consumption is related to an increased risk of diseases such as colorectal cancer. Butter as the main ingredient of a table would not be a healthy substitute for sausages.

Saturated fat is mostly found in animal foods like butter. “Eating too much saturated fat in the diet can increase ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke,” shares the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

Harvard notes that reducing saturated fat intake can be good for health if people replace saturated fat with good fats. “Eating good fats instead of saturated fats lowers ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and improves the ratio of total cholesterol to ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.”

The researchers estimate that replacing 10 grams per day of fats such as margarine, butter, and mayonnaise with the same amount of olive oil could reduce the overall risk of death and disease by up to 34%. The study was published in January 2022 by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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