Butter vs Margarine: Which is Healthier

I sometimes see arguments on the subject of butter vs margarine, and someone always mentions 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 antioxidants 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 glycosphingolipids, 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 the seafood is not available. In addition, vitamin A in butter is essential for the 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 the hardening of the arteries. Hence, butter has a more positive effect on cardiac health.

Still, think margarine is a health food?

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