Butter vs margarine: which is healthier?
Our dietitian looks at which is healthier when it comes to margarine vs butter and which of the two you should be spreading on your sandwich... and you might be surprised by her answer.
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 to 60 per cent saturated fat, while margarine is only about 9 per cent 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 one per cent (or less than one gram per 100 grams).