Question: Which is better for
you butter or margarine and why? Tammy
Answer: Dear Tammy,
Butter contains dietary cholesterol
and saturated fat, two ingredients that raise cholesterol levels.
Dietary cholesterol is only found in animal byproducts so it is not
present in margarine.
On the other hand, margarine is
high in trans fats produced when hydrogen is added to the oils used
to make it. Trans fats also increase bad cholesterol, like saturated
fats and they also lower good cholesterol levels.
Some margarines are manufactured
with water or liquid vegetables oils instead of partially hydrogenated
oils, which makes them better than butter because they are free of
Margarine brands with trans fats
are as bad as butter with high levels of saturated fats.