Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-05


which is the healthier of the two for sandwiches and for baking, butter or margarine and are the cheaper strangely enuf LITE versions ok to use?Tx

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Dear Anonymous
Lite margarines are usually the healthiest choice when it comes to making sandwiches because they are not only rich in so-called "polyunsaturated fatty acids" which protect the heart, but also have a lower sodium or salt content and a lower energy content than standard margarines. You will have to experiment with Lite margarine when you bake because in some recipes, the Lite versions may not give the same result as standard tub margarine. Butter is high in saturated fattty acids which can harm the heart, so rather use margarine that contains high levels of polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fatty acids (such margarines are soft and sold in tubs). Margarine that is hard and is sold in bricks also contains saturated fatty acids and should be avoided. So as a first choice, I would use Lite margarine where possible and if you need to use other margarine for baking, then use soft, tub margarine.
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