Friday, March 02, 2007

Margarine vs. Butter?

I happened to come upon this article this morning and I think it really helps clarify the debate between margarine versus butter. Here’s what the article had to say:

“A soft margarine spread is the healthier choice in the long-debated butter-or-margarine battle, says Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a clinical nutritionist at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Margarine, made from vegetable oil, is cholesterol-free and higher in polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats, which help reduce a person’s “bad” LDL cholesterol level. Butter, made from animal fat, contains dietary cholesterol and saturated fat, which tend to raise that “bad” cholesterol level.

But not all margarines are created equal, Dr. Carson warns.

Stick margarine contains trans fats, which are created when oils are hydrogenated to make the margarine solid. Trans fats, like dietary cholesterol and saturated fats, elevate “bad” cholesterol.

“The best choice is a soft tub margarine or liquid spread because they tend to incorporate water and other ingredients that reduce the potential for trans fats and calories,” Dr. Carson says.

If you’re having trouble selecting which soft margarine might be best, the best
thing you could do is look for a product that is low in both saturated and trans
fats, she adds.”

I think this debate has been solved for a long time now but people are still bringing it up. If you’re looking to live a long and heart healthy lifestyle, then margarine is the obvious winner.

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