Which is better for my heart?

butter vs margarine - for better heart butter or margarine
@CEN7777 (858)
India
December 30, 2007 12:06am CST
Margarine is made from vegetable oils, so it contains no cholesterol. Margarine is also higher in "good" fats — polyunsaturated and monounsaturated — than butter is. Butter, on the other hand, is made from animal fat, so it contains high levels of saturated fat. Which is better for my heart — butter or margarine?
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Many will disagree, but I believe that in moderation butter is better. Of course, it depends on what kind of margarine one eats. Here is an interesting article on the controversy: http://www.nutrition4health.org/NOHAnews/NNF88MargarineOrButter.htm
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@GardenGerty (102595)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Really informative link. Thanks.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I have to admit, though, that I really love the taste of Smart Balance Omega-3 "Buttery Spread." Lol...and you are most welcome!
@brimia (6584)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I really don't use either. I try to only use oil. I don't use any butter but on rare occasions I use a vegan margarine with no trans fats like Earth Balance.
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
30 Dec 07
i don't know, now a days everything is bad for u, u take something to better one thing and it screws up something else!
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@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
30 Dec 07
Not taking any is better for your heart
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• Canada
31 Dec 07
If you are going to have something always choose the most natural thing in moderation. The bible says all things in moderation! Can't beat the bible for information!
• United States
2 Jan 08
uhhhhmmm, yes you can beat the bible since it is only one book of guided intellectual thought to stimulate more intellectual thought . . . But what about the other valuable sources of information available for us to learn from ?
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
15 Apr 08
We use a product called "heartsmart" - no that's not right! I had to run out to the kitchen to see what it's called.. it's called "smart balance" It supposedly is made up of the fats that are good for us and helps our good cholesterol level.. I hope it's true!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I do not know what the contemporary advice is on the matter or they why - I guess it is better for your heart to limit the intake either way... but, I would much rather go to the natural food that God has provided us. Butter not only tastes better (which may help you to use less than oleo) it is wholesome.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
14 Jan 08
Hi CEN7777, I would use either but in moderation. Many things are harmful if you overindulge. Blessings.
2 Jan 08
hi cen happy new year to you.. I use a pure soya spread called pure.whether it is actually better for me than an ordinary matgarine spread I don't really know, but I prefer it to both butter and margarine.
• United States
2 Jan 08
Pure virgin coconut oil is the best for most people, even though they say olive oil is better . . . I disagree as pure virgin coconut oil has reduced my bad level cholesterol and placed my energy at an all-time high ! I love it and makes everything tastes so darn delicious ! sharing the light and happy new year, Miss Erica Hidvegi, the Enlightenment_Advisor, B.A. Psych/M.A. Transpersonal Studies- Cnslng/Author, Artist, Photographer, Entrepreneur & Freelance extraordinaire www.enlightenment-psych.net
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
2 Jan 08
Apparently butter is way better for the heart. This is because it is a totally natural food. Whereas margarine, even though maybe lower in cholesteral & fat, is very processed. There are LOTS of chemicals added to marg. Did you know that in the production stage, margarine is black. The add the yellow colouring to make it look attractive. I guess if you have a cholesteral or weight issue, you need to cut back on one's use of butter.
• United States
31 Dec 07
I never eat margarine.It is a molecule away from plastic.It is made with nickel.The oils to make margarine are heated so high they become rancid then it is deoderized to take away any trace of rancidity.Butter is better.Just don't go overboard on it.Butter has been around forever and did you know it has vitamins in it?
30 Dec 07
Earth Balance natural "buttery" spread. no cholesterol is GGGRRRRREEAAAT! for your heart.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Non is really good, but butter is much better for your health than margarine. Butter is natural at least. I would recommend olive oil as better for your heart. For cooking grape oil is the best....
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
30 Dec 07
Well niether one is good for you. But, I have heard that butter is actually better for you than margarine, but don't quote me on that. Those things like egg and milk tend to go back and forth all the time.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
30 Dec 07
none of the above? we use olive oil and i think its much better. i also hear from cooks on Tv that they use this EVOO its extra virgin olive oil.
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
30 Dec 07
If you are really serious about health then please visit my blog www.limcysworld.blogspot.com where you will find a good amount of information on this issue.
@rosema (1145)
• Philippines
30 Dec 07
Hi cen7777, as you have said margarine is better. because it is made from vegetable oils, so it means no cholesterol. lol
@GardenGerty (102595)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Margarine's "good fats" are often hydrogenated, they have gone through a process of making them solid. That is horrible for your heart. Some margarines are made from sources that are high in Omega 6 fatty acids, also not good for you.You can buy some very expensive heart healthy margarines, though. I use real butter, I know what is in it. I use it in limited amounts. I also use non hydrologized coconut oil. They used to say it was bad for you, but "surprise" they were wrong and now it is highly recommended. Olive oil is another staple at my house. Use fats sparingly, whereever they come from, and you will have a healthier heart.
@ssh123 (31100)
• India
30 Dec 07
YOu are choosing between the devil and the deep sea. In my opinion one should keep both away from day to day foods. Occasionally it is alright to have some butter or more butter, but not regularly. Precution is better than cure.