Get the Facts right before you choose between Butter and low-fat Spreads.
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Get the Facts right before you choose between Butter and low-fat Spreads.

Mar 13, 2019

The battle to choose between butter and low-fat spreads has been going on for a long time. Since enjoying good health is important to everybody, are you not interested in knowing facts about butter and low-fat spreads?

To make a personal decision between butter and low-fat spreads, much depends on facts, your individual dietary needs and your health needs.

Fortunately, there are facts to help you as an Indian citizen. And the more facts you get, the more your choice will be based on factual information.

Therefore, in this article we’ll mainly give you facts. Then you’ll make your own choice. Let’s first talk about how butter and low fat spreads are made.

Butter

Butter is a solid part of milk or cream. It’s a dairy product. It’s made by churning the cream or milk in order to separate the solid part from the liquid.

Low-fat spreads

The main content for most of the low-fat spreads is liquid vegetable oil. Low-fat spreads are made from vegetable oils like sunflower oil, canola oil, olive oil or avocado oil. Other ingredients are added as well.

Would you now like to know facts about butter and low-fat spreads? Let’s get started!

Factual information on butter and low-fat spreads

Remember:

There are health concerns about the trans fats that are contained in low-fat spreads and saturated fats in butter. That’ where the long battle is mainly all about!

  • The trans fats in low-fat spreads are now believed to terribly increase bad cholesterol in our body. And they decrease good cholesterol.
  • When making low-fat spreads, hydrogen is added to vegetable oils to make them more solid. When it’s added, it changes the chemical makeup of oil. Sadly, our body can’t digest this.
  • Extensive research now shows that trans fats can bring heart problems.
  • However, in some countries like New Zealand, some low-fat manufacturers changed the method of manufacturing many years ago. Now these dangerous fats are now virtually non-existent.
  • As for saturated fats that are contained in butter, they do raise bad cholesterol on a lesser level than trans fats in low-fat spreads. And these saturated fats in butter don’t affect the good cholesterol.
  • The saturated fats that are contained in butter are now said to protect the heart rather than harm it.
  • Dr. Ripin Gupta, Associate Director of Cardiology, Fortis-Escorts Hospital, New Delhi, says, “According to the new theory of the American College of Cardiology, there is no convincing evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease.”
  • Remember: It’s important to eat butter in moderation or smaller amounts. Even what’s good can bring health problems when eaten in excess.

Spreading butter on your morning bread is fine as long as your entire diet is healthy. It can be a terrible problem if your diet is already too high in foods with saturated fat, such as processed snacks and fried foods. To look after your heart, check the sodium content. Unsalted butter maybe better.

  • When it comes to butter, grass-fed butter is better.
  • In some countries where cows are fed grass grass-fed, there’s a great decrease in heart disease.
  • Today, cows are fed on all sorts of things to make them grow faster within months. Therefore, as far as it depends on you, try to check butter that’s made from grass-fed cows.
  • When we add butter to our food, we add calories. Butter is necessary in your food since it adds fat. In order to function properly and in order to absorb nutrients, fat is vital.
  • Fats make us full or satiety and we don’t get hungry quickly.
  • Cholesterol is found in animal products, coconut and palm oil. However, low fat spreads have little or no cholesterol but butter contains a huge amount of cholesterol.
  • Whether you choose butter or low-fat spread remember that these it’s recommended that you use them in very small amounts.
  • Whatever you choose, remember that it’s important to read what’s on the label of butter or low-fat spread. Don’t consume and then start reading what’s written on the label!
  • Don’t quickly believe everything that manufacturers tell about their butter or low fat on the label! Find out in-depth information.
  • Keep in mind that your heart health is not just about butter and low-fat spread. They are not the only choices you have available. You can also take good care of your heart by eating other healthy fats from other foods like nuts and fish, or fibre from oats and grains.

You’ve got the facts now! It’s up to you to make your own choice!