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Posted by: Nicki | 2010/01/21

Healthiest Margarine to use

Am very confused what is the healthiest margarine to use. If you look at nutrional value per 100 g you see Energy, total fat, sat fat and trans fat. Do you solely go on the energy value and assume that is least fattening and healthiest or do I need to concentrate on fats as well. Was told Canola margarine is the best?

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Dear Nicki
From a slimming point of view you would select the margarine with the lowest energy or kJ content (e.g. a lite margarine). However from a health point of view, esp if you have increased cholesterol levels, you would select the margarine with the highest monounsaturated fatty level (e.g. Canola or olive oil margarine). Margarine with a high polyunsaturated fat content which is "soft" and sold in a tub (as opposed to "hard brick" margarine) is also a better option from a health point of view.
Hope this helps
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Posted by: jAN | 2010/02/18

All margarine is plain poison

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Posted by: Y | 2010/01/25

The healthiest " margarine"  to use is BUTTER. Margarine (all varieties) contains a dangerous substance called transfats (this is fat molecules which are rotated in un unnatural TRANS - form) which causes all kinds of health problems. Natural fats (i.e. butter or lard) consist of molecules that are rotated in the CIS-form and does not damage the body tissues.

And don' t be fooled by the so-called " low fat"  or " medium fat"  margerines - the very clever manufactorers are just conning you out of money.. Any fat contains more or less the same amount of kilojoules per gram (of real fat substance). And when one analise the content of margarine in terms of macronutrient content (macronutriens = carbohydrates, proteins and fats) then all margarines are PURE fat. However, to be able to sell a so-called " low fat"  margarine, the manufactorers pump it full of water molecules, in effect making the product less dense. So now you are buying a product with say 50% less fat per PRODUCT (product = the tub of margerien), but what it really means is that you are buying half a tub of margerien (but which looks full because it has been " puffed up"  with non-nutrients).

And most people just end up spreading more of the so-called " lowfat"  margarines on their bread. Much better would be to buy the full fat product ( butter is healthier, but if you choose to believe the propaganda that margarine is the healthier option, by all means, go ahead and buy the margarine) - but buy the full fat product and use less when you spread it on your bread/ provita - whatever.

Lowfat margarine is usually = to half the product, + its costs more than the full fat version because the manufacturers know that the consumer believe that they must pay more for so-called " healthier"  , low-fat foods. So you end up paying more for much less.

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/01/21

Dear Nicki
From a slimming point of view you would select the margarine with the lowest energy or kJ content (e.g. a lite margarine). However from a health point of view, esp if you have increased cholesterol levels, you would select the margarine with the highest monounsaturated fatty level (e.g. Canola or olive oil margarine). Margarine with a high polyunsaturated fat content which is "soft" and sold in a tub (as opposed to "hard brick" margarine) is also a better option from a health point of view.
Hope this helps
DietDoc

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