Dangerous Side Effects of Eating Butter

1. It can cause an increase in LDL 'bad' cholesterol

"Butter is high in saturated fat. A tablespoon has about seven grams, which is about one-third of your daily recommended allowance

explains Leann Poston MD, MBA, MEd. "Eating a diet high in saturated fats increases your LDL ("bad") and HDL cholesterol.

Butter is a saturated fat which can contribute to heart disease when eaten in excess," says Young. "Butter, along with other saturated fats, elevate the LDL cholesterol

2. It can lead to heart disease

Morgyn Clair, RD, a registered dietitian  agrees with the link between eating too much butter and heart disease. "Butter is hard on the cardiovascular system due to its high content of saturated fats

Overconsumption of butter can result in excess visceral fat being stored deep in your abdomen due to its high levels of saturated fat

3. It can contribute to the development of visceral fat

notes Malorie Thompson, PN1 nutritionist. "Visceral fat is linked to an increase in several negative health conditions, including heart disease, Alzheimer's, and type 1 diabetes."

And it's not just the development of visceral fat that can be an issue. "[Butter] contributes to weight gain," says Chrissy Arsenault, MBA, RDN, LD.

4. It can lead to obesity

When you use a lot, that adds up quickly, especially since most of those calories are from saturated fat.Obesity can lead to other health issues,like heart disease, diabetes,and even certain cancers.

Saturated fat is solid at room temperature and can increase cholesterol and triglycerides," notes Lisa Richards, a nutritionist

5. It can cause an increase in triglycerides

An increase in these two biometric markers will raise one's risk of heart disease or stroke significantly. This is because cholesterol and circulating fat can cause artery blockages