The battle of the fatty spreads, Which is the healthier choice Butter or Margarine?
Butter and margarine has been competing to be the best fatty spreads for more than 100 years now. Butter is made from milk and has been around for thousands of years. Margarine, in the other hand, has only been around for more than 100 years. It is made from vegetable oil and was originally made as a cheaper substation to butter. Margarine rose to fame in the 1950, partly because of the butter shortage as the result of World War II and partly because margarine was considered as more healthy than butter.
In some ways, margarine does contain less saturated fat than butter. However, margarine also contains trans-fat – a form of fat considered more dangerous than the saturated fat found in butter that lowers the good cholesterols and increases the bad cholesterols. To this reason, consumers now are ditching their margarine and returning to butter. Still, many margarine manufacturers are not giving up without a fight. There are margarine brands out there that actually do contain zero trans-fat and low saturated fat, which makes it healthier than butter. All the consumers have to do is to check on the margarine nutritional label.