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Bread is fattening, butter is not. If that sounds unbelievable, do a Google search for glycemic index (GI) of various foods. Simply explained, GI of a food decides how much your blood sugar spikes upon consumption of something. Blood sugar spikes are balanced out by insulin secretion (in the normal course of things), which in turn leads to weight gain. So to go back to GI, bread is right on top of the list, meaning it spikes sugar levels very high, needed a lot of insulin to balance it out and is therefore amongst the most fattening foods. Butter on the other hand is at the bottom of the list so you will never put on weight as a result of eating it (provided you are not exceeding your daily calorie requirements of course). The belief that butter, ghee (clarified butter) and cream are fattening are amongst the most widely-believed nutrition myths sadly enough.
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