Recently a client shared with me an article published online that talked about the current hot ‘Butter vs Margarine’ debate. This is an ongoing deliberation and such articles generally create doubts in people’s mind. So, what should one eat?

I have closely read the study on which this article was based and have concluded that the bulk of the evidence still proves that diets lower in saturated fat reduce our risk of heart disease.

As a guideline for your healthy heart, it is recommended limiting saturated and trans-fat intake to 8% of total energy. While a small quantity of butter occasionally is fine for most people, there are multiple healthier options available which contain healthier fats and are recommended based on individual health need.

It is ideal to replace saturated fats with the unsaturated varieties and choosing margarine over butter, is still recommended.

If you desire, you can replace margarine with avocado, nuts or seed butter and plant-based oils [i.e. olive or avocado], the most important fact is that it is a combination and amount of what you eat that matters.

As mentioned in my previous articles include plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, lean meat, fish, nuts, seeds and avoid or minimize the use of processed and refined foods, this will take care of the undesired fats in your diet.

Below are a few examples of common foods with high saturated fat content, these are best avoided or limited 

  • Dairy Foods – butter, cream, ghee, high-fat milk, high fat cheese
  • Meat- Fatty cuts of beef, pork & lamb, chicken with skin on & processed meats like salami, sausages
  • Lard, coconut oil, milk & cream, palm oil
  • Fried takeaways, cakes, biscuits, pastries & pies

If you are still confused and want to know what’s best to eat, contact me and I can guide you through your intent of eating RIGHT

Till next time EAT RIGHT BE HEALTHY.

NOTE: This article is a general guideline only, it is always important you seek expert guidance from a health professional to manage your individual requirement.

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