Difference between Butter and Margarine
Margarine is made from vegetable oils, so it contains unsaturated “good” fats i.e. polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Margarine is any vegetable-oil-based, butter-flavored spread that contains 80% oil. These types of fats help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol when substituted for saturated fat. Butter, on the other hand, is made from animal fat, so it contains more saturated fat. Regular butter is made with one ingredient: cow’s milk or cream, churned or shaken until it reaches a semisolid state. By definition, it contains at least 80% milk fat by weight, and it takes about 11 quarts of milk to make 1 pound of butter.
Is Butter better than Margarine for Health
Butter is around 50% saturated fat and 4% trans fat – the unhealthy fats that raise our cholesterol levels. On the other hand, margarine spreads with the Tick have around 28% saturated fat, less than 1% trans fat (most only 0.1-0.2%) and are a good source of healthier fats. Healthy eating includes replacing unhealthier saturated fat found in foods such butter and lard, with healthier polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, found in oils like olive, canola, sunflower and margarine spreads. All margarine’s are created equal, some margarine’s contain trans fat. In general, the more solid the margarine, the more trans fat it contains. So stick margarine’s usually have more trans fat than tub margarine’s do. The American Heart Association suggests buying soft, trans-fat-free spreads instead of regular butter or stick margarine. Using a margarine spread instead of butter is a simple way to reduce saturated fat and include unsaturated fats.
Calories in Butter and Margarine
According to the NHS Choices website, most brands of margarine now contain no, or only trace elements of, industrially produced “trans fats” that are now known to increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and possibly type 2 diabetes. Most “original” butter sticks contain 100 calories per tablespoon, a typical serving size. One serving has 11 grams of fat, and 7 grams of it is artery-clogging saturated fat—about one-third of your recommended daily value. It also contains 30 milligrams of dietary cholesterol (10% of your daily value). Most solid sticks of margarine contain trans fats and/or saturated fat. These include Country Crock Spreadable Sticks (80 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 2 grams trans fats), Blue Bonnet Sticks (70 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 1.5 grams trans fat). There are trans-fat-free options if you need hard butter or margarine for baking. Promise Sticks contain 80 calories per serving, and 9 grams of fat (2.5 grams saturated).