Most types of margarine are better for your heart than butter. That’s because margarine is made from plant oils. Butter is made from animal fat. Plant oils contain unsaturated fats that are better for your heart than saturated fats found in butter.
But not all margarine products are made equally. Margarine may have a small amount of trans fat, which is not healthy for your heart. Check the nutrition label on the package. The healthiest margarine contains no trans fat and the least amount of saturated fat.
Although butter has a high amount of saturated fat, it does contain some healthy things:
- Carotene, which helps cells grow and repair, and protects the body against infection
- Vitamin A, which keeps your eyes, skin, mouth, and throat healthy
So read labels carefully. Limit your intake of trans fats and calories overall and choose unsaturated fats whenever you can.