ToastNew research warns that just eating just two slices of toast a day can double the risk of diabetes. A study of more than 3,000 people found those who consumed just 12 grams (0.42 ounces) were twice as likely to develop the disease within the next five years. Scientists say the finding underlines the importance of switching to a Mediterranean style or lower carbohydrate diet. They added that increasing evidence is suggesting plant-based diets benefit health and also have less impact on the environment.  Butter is rich in unhealthy saturated fatty acids and trans fats and has been linked to a high risk of suffering type 2 diabetes, the form linked with obesity. At the start of the study, all participants were free of diabetes but at high risk of heart disease or stroke. After four and a half years, 266 of them had diabetes and this was twice as likely among those who consumed higher amounts of saturated fatty acids and animal fat. Dr. Marta Guasch-Ferre, of Harvard University, said: “These findings emphasise the healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet for preventing chronic diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes, and the importance of substituting saturated and animal fats, especially red and processed meat, for those found in vegetable sources such as olive oil and nuts.” Previous large-scale studies have linked a Mediterranean diet with a lower chance of developing diabetes.  A traditional Mediterranean diet is principally composed of oily fish, poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, fresh bread, pasta and olive oil.  Journal of Science Feb 17, 2017