Can You Ever Eat Butter?

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Q: Can you ever eat butter?

Oz Says: Yes, you can!

Just don't go crazy, all right? The American Heart Association recommends fewer than 16 grams of saturated fat per day on a 2,000-calorie diet, and a tablespoon of butter's got 7 grams of it. But a little butter can fit into a healthy eating plan. Stick to 2 teaspoons or less a day (that's around two restaurant-size pats) so you leave room for other sources of saturated fat that may creep into what you eat. While you're at it, try nixing butter from your cooking and swapping in healthier oil for sautéing. But when it comes to steamed veggies and fresh-baked bread? They ask for — nay, demand! — a swipe.

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Amp Up the Taste

The more flavor your butter has, the less you'll need to use, so bring on the herbs, spices, and citrus. It's easy — let a stick of butter come to room temperature, work in tasty extras, and chill. Start off with these combos, then do some experimenting with: cilantro, lime juice, chipotle power, chives, dill, lemon juice, and Old Bay seasoning.

A Smarter Cookie

Two sticks of butter for two dozen cookies doesn't seem like a lot — until you do the math and realize that's 2 teaspoons per cookie (and 68 calories from the butter alone). Lighten up by cutting the amount of butter in half and subbing in the same amount of plain nonfat Greek yogurt. Trust us — a Good Life staffer tested it on a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and they were yummy, plus lighter and chewier than the typical butter-laden kind.

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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