Thursday, October 23, 2008

Your Questions Answered: Butter or Margarine?

The name of my blog, I Heart Margarine, gives most of my readers a pretty good indication that I would obviously choose margarine over butter. But, many people send me emails asking, "Why?" Well, let me tell you exactly why I, and most health organizations, believe everyone should choose margarine over butter:

  • Butter contains two cholesterol-raising ingredients: dietary cholesterol and saturated fat.
  • Because butter is high in saturated fat, this increases levels of LDL or the "bad" cholesterol.
  • By substituting a margarine product for butter over a week’s time, you can save yourself a whole day’s worth of saturated fat.
  • Research continues to clearly show that margarine products are the best choice of tablespreads when it comes to biomarkers related to heart health.
  • Margarine, in conjunction with an overall healthy diet, can benefit people on a low cholesterol diet.

In my opinion, it's very clear that margarine is the clear winner here.

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