Spreading the truth: Butter versus margarine
We look at whether margarine is healthier than butter and which of the two you should be spreading on your sandwich.
But then why does the Heart Foundation recommend that we should be eating margarine instead of butter? Confusing I know!
Butter and margarine are both ‘fats’. They don’t contain much carbohydrate or protein, just good old fashioned fat. So when a product is basically pure fat, we need to look at the TYPE of fats in each of these products.
In fact, butter is about 50-60% saturated fat, while margarine is only about 9% saturated, which is why margarine is usually the healthier choice.
But isn't margarine full of trans fats?
Trans fats are worse than saturated fat because as well as raising 'bad' LDL cholesterol, they also lower 'good' HDL cholesterol.
Trans fats are found in margarine but in Australia, we’re lucky because our margarine has incredibly low levels of trans fats. So when you’re buying margarine look for margarine that contains less than 1% (or less than 1g per 100g).
So what should you be spreading on your sandwich? I’d say margarine but to be honest an even healthier choice would be avocado. It’s naturally occurring, full of healthy fats, unprocessed and can be used in place of butter on toast and in sandwiches. You can also whip up a mean chocolate mousse with avocado and cocoa.