Monday, July 26, 2010

Butter or Margarine? Experts Weigh In

From the Tehran Times...

Butter or margarine? For those who believe butter is healthier because it's “natural,” Congro has bad news. “It's made from animal fat, (so it) contains cholesterol and very high levels of saturated fat,” she says. Margarine is made from vegetable oils, and plant products contain no cholesterol. It's also higher in “good” fats than butter. But some kinds of margarine may be even worse than butter because of their content of trans fats, a particular heart risk. In general, the more solid the margarine, the higher the proportion of trans fat. Steer clear of stick margarine, advises Congro: “Go for the tubs of heart-healthy margarine made with omega-3 oil,”.

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