The butter board is a trend: how healthy it is

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

Appetizer boards are often loaded with various foods in smaller quantities 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 in which she made a viral butter board. The dish is inspired by a recipe from James Beard Award winner Josh McFadden’s book, “Six Seasons.

@justine_snacksI like this one idk I’m in a silly goofy butter mood

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Doiron spreads butter on a serving board and adds various ingredients, such as coarse salt, lemon zest, red onion, herbs, edible petals, and honey. Then enjoy that butter spread on a slice of bread.

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

The processed meats on the boards are not considered healthy food; their consumption is linked to an increased risk of diseases such as colorectal cancer. As the main ingredient on a board, butter would not be a healthy substitute for sausages.

Saturated fat is found primarily in animal-based foods such as 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 fats with good fats. “Eating good fats instead of saturated fats reduces “bad” LDL cholesterol and improves the ratio of total cholesterol to “good” HDL cholesterol, which reduces 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 in the American College of Cardiology Journal.