A leading heart surgeon in London has claimed that Butter should be banned in a bid to save thousands of lives.
After having treated patients as young as 33 for heart bypass operations, Shyam Kolvekar, who is surgeon at University College London Hospital, is leading a campaign to reduce saturated fat in diets.
As the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launches the second stage of a campaign to boost awareness of the dangers of saturated (sat) fat, Mr Kolvekar said reducing intake in line with Government recommendations could prevent at least 3,500 deaths per year.
Kolvekar said that by following a healthier and lower sat fat diet number of heart surgery could be prevented.
He also said that by banning butter and replacing it with a healthy spread the average daily sat fat intake would be reduced as people don't stick to complicated diets.
"This would save thousands of lives each year and help to protect them from cardiovascular disease - the UK's biggest killer," he said.