The Fat Facts: Butter vs Margarine, The Truth We’re Not Being Told

Butter products are almost never marketed as healthy in the dairy aisles of the supermarkets, as we are often told that the margarines are much healthier.

Yet, apparently, it is the other way around. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between some margarine and some butter types, because they are similar.

Yet, the margarine is a product of a scientific process from which the result are trans fats that are detrimental for our health. Margarine has been created as a cheaper alternative of butter and its massive production started in 1903.

Then, it has been discovered that the addition of hydrogen to vegetable oil, creates one more solid and spreadable product.

The early manufacturers were not actually aware of the harmful effects of the trans fats, but recently, some experts have found that those trans fats actually act differently in our body to saturated and unsaturated fats, which are needed for our body so it can function properly.

Fats, such as omega 3 and 6, are vital for our brain function. Some vitamins like A, D and E, as well as all – soluble vitamins, are important as well, because they transport fat throughout our body.

Those trans fats we already mentioned, function in another way and their molecular structure is also different. According to one study (Dalainas&Ioannou, 2008), if there is an increase of the energy taken from trans fats by 2%, it raises the risk of coronary artery disease by 23%.

Butter was given a bad reputation back in 1950s, as the high cholesterol levels (found in butter and animal fats) were actually related to heart disease. Afterwards, these findings from the studies were proven wrong, and people were also told wrong facts that a high-fat diet is related to heart diseases.

Nowadays, it is well known that the main culprit for the development of cardiovascular diseases is the kind of fat found in simple carbohydrates such as bread and sugar. On the other hand, another thing which was also shown is that slightly higher cholesterol levels lead to longer life.

Because of this, you should think twice the next time before you decide whether to buy butter or margarine, and prevent some adverse effects on your overall health.


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