Butter vs Margarine: Which is Healthier
I sometimes see arguments on the subject of butter vs margarine, and someone always mention that butter contains saturated fat, which is bad for the heart. This is a total lie.
Butter is clearly healthier for your body than margarine, and here's why:
- Butter is made from cream and salt, and provides many health building nutrients. Margarine is made with toxic chemicals using a process that introduces dangerous transfats.
- Butter contains natural lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents. Margarine contains chemical based lecithin and other emulsifiers, and many brands also contain skimmed milk powder which adds oxidized cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol has been correlated as a major factor in the development of atherosclerosis.
- Butter also contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries. The vitamin A and vitamin E found in butter both play a strong anti-oxidant role. Margarine is devoid of nutrition, unless it's added during the manufacturing process.
- Butter is also a very rich source of selenium, a vital antioxidant. It contains more per gram than herring or wheat germ. Margarine does not contain selenium.
- Many of the saturated fats in butter have strong anti-cancer properties. The polyunsaturated fats in margarine have no such properties.
- Butter is rich in short and medium chain fatty acid chains that have strong anti-tumor effects, and it also contains conjugated linoleic acid which gives excellent protection against cancer. Margarine contains inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.
- Butterfat contains glycospingolipids, a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastro-intestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly. Margarine does not.
- Butter is a good source of iodine, in a highly absorbable form. Butter consumption prevents goiter in mountainous areas where seafood is not available. In addition, the vitamin A in butter is essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Margarine contains toxic metals and solvent traces.
- This study shows that butter has a more positive effect on after meal triglycerides levels than vegetable oil. Higher after meal triglyceride levels are associated with hardening of the arteries. Hence, butter has a more positive effect on cardiac health.
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