Living an active and healthy lifestyle means ensuring the foods we eat make up a balanced, nutritious diet, with just a dash of the naughty things that keep life sweet. When it comes to your everyday shopping list there are small changes that you can make that will have a big impact on your health.
Whether you use butter or margarine on your toast in the morning, spreads form a key part of our day-to-day diet; in cooking, sandwiches, evening meals or desserts, so it’s important we know the facts about what we’re eating so we can make the right choice for our own lifestyle.
Butter Versus Margarine
The debate has been going on since we can remember! But what are the differences between the world’s favourite spreads and how does that affect us?
Margarine is the smart choice for an everyday spread this is simple and great tasting, as well as giving your body the healthy fat it needs.
While both butter and margarine are high in fats, the plant oils that make up margarine are packed full of the good fats that our body needs such as omega 3 and 6. These are particularly important for maintaining normal levels of cholesterol. Quality margarine also contains lower levels of saturated fats and only mere traces of trans fats.
Better still, margarine has added vitamins in its recipe. Since 1925 vitamins A, D and E have been added to the mix for an additional health boost as part of your everyday spread intake.
Another thing we can look at is the way we use butter and margarine in our cooking. Many bakers swear that using margarine gives them the lightest, fluffiest sponges, but many people are concerned the health benefits of switching to margarine means that they’ll have to lose out on taste. Today’s margarines come in such a wide variety of blends that there are almost too many flavours to choose from – there’s a spread for every taste and every recipe, even salt-fee and low-fat versions are available too!
Soft margarine is also softly spreadable, straight from the fridge, so cooking time is made simpler and far less time consuming by simply grabbing your tub and getting to work. And while you’re cooking, why not try some of healthy, margarine-based recipes and decide where you stand in the great butter vs margarine debate?!