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The Truth Behind Butter and Margarine: Which is Better?

 Can knowing the difference between butter and margarine help Individuals looking to improve cholesterol levels?

The Truth Behind Butter and Margarine: Which is Better?

Butter and Margarine

Individuals watching their cholesterol levels and switching from butter to margarine may have heard that it may be worse for heart health. What research has to say about the healthiest spread and the butter and margarine debate?

History

Butter was shown to be associated with an increased risk of heart disease because of its saturated fat content when margarine was developed as a substitute. Margarine is made from plant-based oils like canola, palm fruit, and soybeans. Nutritionists and researchers saw it as a healthier alternative. It is lower in saturated fat and has no cholesterol but contains high levels of trans fats, which raise unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels and lower healthy HDL  cholesterol levels. (Ginter, E., and Simko, V. 2016)

Margarine Trans Fat and Butter Saturated Fat

Most of margarine’s unsaturated fats undergo hydrogenation, creating harmful trans fats. Trans fat raises unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels more than saturated fat. The trans-fatty acids solidify and maintain margarine consistency at room temperature. Stick margarines, the hardest type, contain the most trans fats and are still sold despite what is known about the damage they can do. (Brouwer, I. A. et al., 2010) Clinical studies showed these trans fats are associated with a 28% increased risk of death from heart disease and a 34% increased risk of death. (de Souza, R. J. et al., 2015)

Margarine Types

Some softer and liquid margarine products contain less trans fat than stick versions. They are low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat. Individuals can determine how much trans fat the margarine has by its softness. Those that are more solid at room temperature contain more trans fats than those in a tub, which are softer. However, some soft options can contain trans fats. If the label has partially hydrogenated oil, it’s recommended to avoid it. (Garsetti, M. et al., 2016) Some newer margarines are enriched with plant sterols, which block cholesterol absorption and help lower LDL levels. These are healthy choices if trying to lower LDL. (Ras, R. T. et al., 2014)

Butter

Butter is primarily made up of saturated fat and cholesterol and comes in a stick and spread. One tablespoon of butter contains around 30 milligrams of cholesterol and 7 grams of saturated fat. The maximum amount allowed daily is 200 milligrams and 10 milligrams, respectively. Both types of fat are linked to rising cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. Butter from grass-fed cows is higher in omega-3 fatty acids, essential for heart health, making it far more nutritional than the more widely used butter from conventionally-fed cows. (Hebeisen, D. F. et al., 1993)

Other Options

Butter or margarine are not the healthiest options. Olive, avocado, and other vegetable-based spreads are the most heart-healthy options. (Yubero-Serrano, E. M. et al., 2019) Use avocado oil as a cooking oil when sautéing or roasting vegetables. Consider substituting applesauce, nut butters, or squash purees in baked goods. Look for soft versions of margarine as a bread spread that contain plant sterols and no hydrogenated oils.

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References

Ginter, E., & Simko, V. (2016). New data on harmful effects of trans-fatty acids. Bratislavske lekarske listy, 117(5), 251–253. doi.org/10.4149/bll_2016_048

Brouwer, I. A., Wanders, A. J., & Katan, M. B. (2010). Effect of animal and industrial trans fatty acids on HDL and LDL cholesterol levels in humans–a quantitative review. PloS one, 5(3), e9434. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0009434

de Souza, R. J., Mente, A., Maroleanu, A., Cozma, A. I., Ha, V., Kishibe, T., Uleryk, E., Budylowski, P., Schünemann, H., Beyene, J., & Anand, S. S. (2015). Intake of saturated and trans unsaturated fatty acids and risk of all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 351, h3978. doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3978

Garsetti, M., Balentine, D. A., Zock, P. L., Blom, W. A., & Wanders, A. J. (2016). Fat composition of vegetable oil spreads and margarines in the USA in 2013: a national marketplace analysis. International journal of food sciences and nutrition, 67(4), 372–382. doi.org/10.3109/09637486.2016.1161012

Ras, R. T., Geleijnse, J. M., & Trautwein, E. A. (2014). LDL-cholesterol-lowering effect of plant sterols and stanols across different dose ranges: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled studies. The British journal of nutrition, 112(2), 214–219. doi.org/10.1017/S0007114514000750

Hebeisen, D. F., Hoeflin, F., Reusch, H. P., Junker, E., & Lauterburg, B. H. (1993). Increased concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in milk and platelet rich plasma of grass-fed cows. International journal for vitamin and nutrition research. Internationale Zeitschrift fur Vitamin- und Ernahrungsforschung. Journal international de vitaminologie et de nutrition, 63(3), 229–233.

Yubero-Serrano, E. M., Lopez-Moreno, J., Gomez-Delgado, F., & Lopez-Miranda, J. (2019). Extra virgin olive oil: More than a healthy fat. European journal of clinical nutrition, 72(Suppl 1), 8–17. doi.org/10.1038/s41430-018-0304-x

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

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We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from various disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and directly or indirectly support our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has reasonably attempted to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez, DC, or contact us at 915-850-0900.

We are here to help you and your family.

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Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, RN*, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN*

email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com

Licensed as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) in Texas & New Mexico*
Texas DC License # TX5807, New Mexico DC License # NM-DC2182

Licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN*) in Florida
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Compact Status: Multi-State License: Authorized to Practice in 40 States*

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