In my last post here, I mentioned Margarine as one of the food items that make us Fat. There are a lot of discussions happening about Margarine and Butter trying to know which one is healthier.
Let’s find out Butter Or Margarine : Which Is Better?
Butter is a dairy product and is made by churning cream. Home made white butter has a history dated thousands of years back. Margarine was invented in 1869 . It is prepared by emulsifying vegetable oil with skimmed milk or by hydrogenating vegetable oils. It could be a plant product or a combination of plant and dairy product.
This means Butter is natural whereas Margarine is man made. The secret to good health is to eat natural ! Although , the origin of Butter and Margarine is a strong reason for concluding that Butter is a better than Margarine. But let us quickly know the difference between Butter and Margarine to reach a conclusion – Butter Or Margarine : Which Is Better?
Both Butter and Margarine have almost same calories. Butter has high saturated fat i.e 51 g per 100 gm as compared to Margarine which contains 23 g saturated fat per 100 gm.
Butter does not contain trans fats and Margarine contains high levels of unsaturated fat and trans fat. Read about trans fats here.
Another difference between Butter and Margarine is that Butter has no toxic metals whereas margarine contains nickel and other toxic chemicals. Nickel in excess leads to kidney and lung diseases.
Butter is rich in healthy fatty acids whereas Margarine increases total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol(good cholesterol).
Margarine lowers quality of breast milk simply because of trans fats. Margarine is also known to decrease insulin response. Trans fats in Margarine can increase blood insulin levels, which increases the risk of Diabetes.
Margarine also decreases immune response. One of the nutritionist Dr. Mary Enig said that consuming trans fatty acids “Affects immune response by lowering effeciency of B cell response and increasing proliferation of T cells.”
Now it is clear that Butter is better than Margarine for health. Its suggested that two teaspoons of butter is what our body needs daily !
Enjoy eating Home Made Butter 🙂 !
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