Butter or margarine which is healthier?

Butter or Margarine
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The medical opinion on this is divided and there is no single clear answer.

  • Some research found that butter consumption led to increase in the blood LDL cholesterol levels and abdominal obesity.
  • But at the same time it did not lead to any significant increase in risk indicators for cardiovascular problems.
  • Margarine being a plant oil based products contains less calories than butter and more water, so useful for calorie conscious folks.
  • Phytosterol based margarine on the other hand was found to reduce LDL cholesterol levels but a research indicated it may be harmful to blood vessel walls.
  • Each person’s body may respond differently to dietary fats based on genetic tendencies, their current health status, sex, and their overall nutritional pattern.
  • Medical conditions like lactose intolerance naturally restrict butter consumption and so in such cases margarine will prove to be a good option.
  • Thus both butter and margarine are equally healthy or unhealthy depending on you lifestyle and consumption choices.