Butter or Margarine? Good Fats?? Bad Fats???

Butter or Margarine? Over the years I have always been asked this question. It’s a question that’s been probably around ever since margarine was invented! To understand this better, we will have to look into the different types of fats in our diet. To start off, let’s have a look at the differences between butter and Margarine.

 

 

Differences Between butter and Margarine:

 

Butter

  • Been around for thousands of years

  • Derived from the churning of fresh or fermented dairy cream or milk

  • Contains Milk proteins, water and fat

  • Contains ~80% fat, of which 65% is saturated

  • Contains ~4-5g of natural trans-fat

 

Margarine

  • Been around since 1869

  • Derived through esterification of a blend of vegetable oils, emulsifiers, water, skim milk and further fortification of vitamin A and D

  • Contains ~65% total fat, of which 25% is saturated