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Updated 11 March 2013

How smooth is your margarine?

Have you checked your brand of margarine lately? Do you know its percentage of trans fats and whether it's actually good for you?

Have you checked your brand of margarine lately? Do you know its percentage of trans fats and whether your favourite spread is actually good for you?

The Department of Health, Food Safety Division, has recently published its intention to ban all food products in South Africa with more than 2% trans fats. High levels of trans fats have been linked to breast and prostate cancers in international literature and, according to a Wikipedia statement some margarines can contain up to 15% trans fats.

  • Trans fats below 2%
  • Saturated fats below 10%
  • Omega-3 fatty acid - higher than 4%
  • Omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 2.0 or less

 A total of 40 margarines available in South Africa were purchased by Cansa from commercial outlets and submitted to the CSIR for fatty acid analyses. And, it was found that all of the margarines were below 2% trans fats (2 grams trans fats per 100 grams margarine).

Hard margarine = High saturated fat

 
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