Nokyoung Xayasane
March 05, 2013

Butter vs. Margarine: Which Is Best? (VIDEO)


The epic battle between butter and margarine rages on. Which is healthier for you? Should we consume less butter and opt for its “healthier” counterpart – margarine?

That depends, says ASAP Science. It’s not as simple as only eating margarine and locking out butter from your diet. It really depends on the type of margarine you’re consuming. Some stick margarines are even less healthy for you than butter.

How can you combat this? It’s all about reading the labels. Go for margarine that’s clearly labeled “zero trans fat,” “trans fat free,” or “non-hydrogenated.” Trans fats lower good cholesterol and increase bad cholesterol in your body, which leads to cardiovascular diseases.

I have to admit, I’m on Team Margarine. Yesterday, I tried butter on my English muffin and it just wasn’t the same. Maybe it was because I knew it wasn’t so healthy for me, or maybe it was because my taste buds are so used to chowing down on margarine-smeared goodness. I’m not sure.

But one thing I didn’t know was that it’s not just a battle of the spreads, but a choice between different kinds of margarine. We know there are a lot out there, promising different things.

So, the next time you’re wondering what’s better for you, take a look at the label and remember that trans fats and saturated fats are a big no-no.

Other healthy alternatives to butter or margarine are vegetable oil spreads and olive oil. Try dipping your bread in some evoo (extra-virgin olive oil). It’s really delicious.