Butter, margarine, butter spreads and oils. It is confusing on which is healthiest with the abundance of mixed marketing and heart healthy labels, marketing and; did I say marketing?
Seeing people I love pick up the tub of butter that says “made with olive oil” because of olive oil's known heart healthy benefits, fuels my desire to clear up any marketing misconceptions and write this blog. If you look closely at the ingredient panel, you will see that this specific product is made with partially hydrogenated oil. Not good; and not the olive oil you think you are getting.
Here are clinically based evidence facts mixed in with my opinions.
The Bad: Saturated Fats
The Ugly: Trans fats
The Good: Unsaturated Fats
Butter is a saturated fat. Butter tastes good. Butter is real. Butter should be used in moderation.
Butter is a Saturated Fat
Margarine is a trans fat (most cases). Margarine tastes ok. Margarine is processed. Margarine should be used in moderation if used at all.
Margarines and Some Butter Spreads contain Trans Fats:
My preferred Butter Spread is Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil:
Canola oil is a mono-unsaturated fat. Canola oil is a good, heart healthy fat. Canola oil is still a fat. Fats should be consumed in moderation. Canola oil is a good choice when choosing oils for sautéing meats or veggies, marinades, and in dressings.
Canola Oil is an Unsaturated Fat:
To learn more about the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans visit
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