Posted by: Peter | 2019/06/26

Is Butter bad for cholestrol? I Margarine a safer option?

Hi. Is it safe to eat butter & cook with butter, or is it more healthy to eat margarine and cook with olive oil? Just wondering. Thank you. Peter.

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Expert ImageThe Dietitians
- 2019/07/07

Thank you for your question. 

Butter is a source of saturated fat. While using small amounts of butter every now and then shouldn’t be a problem the evidence remains that it is better for our hearts to replace saturated fats (such as buttercoconut oil and fatty meat) with unsaturated fats. Making the simple swap from butter to margarine spreads is one way to do this.

Other sources of healthy unsaturated fats include: nuts, seeds, oily fish, avocado and plant oils, such as cold-pressed olive, avocado or canola oil. For those who choose not to use margarine spreads, consider avocado, hummus and nut or seed butters as good options for a less-processed, more whole food approach.

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