Margarine vs butter: which is better for the heart?

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Margarine vs butterQuick Answer:
Usually, margarine is healthier for the heart than butter.

Margarine is made from vegetable oil, so no cholesterol. The content of “good” fats-polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, is also higher than in butter. These types of fat contribute to reducing low density lipoprotein levels (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” when they replace saturated fats. On the other hand, butter is made from animal fats, is rich in cholesterol and saturated fats.

But not all types of margarine are the same and some may even be worse than butter. Most margarine types are manufactured by a method called hydrogenation, which adds unhealthy trans fats. Generally, the margarine is more solid, and it contains more trans fat. Like saturated fats, trans fats raise cholesterol levels and risks for heart diseases. In addition, trans fats can reduce levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good cholesterol”. Also, don’t fall for cholesterol myths, such as ‘no cholesterol’.

Choose margarines with the lowest trans fat content and contain a maximum of 3 grams of saturated and trans fats. Manufacturers are required to post saturated fats and trans fats separately on food packaging.

Some brands of spreadable margarine containing phytosterol esters, natural compounds extracted from plants that reduce LDL-cholesterol by 6 to 15 percent when consumed moderately. If you are having trouble with high cholesterol, check 10 Effective Ways to Lower your Cholesterol Levels. Next, you can watch a video about this subject.

Amanda MacMillan, Health.Com, Margarine or Butter How to Choose
Jennifer K. Nelson, Mayo CLinic, Which spread is better for my heart — butter or margarine?



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