Margarine is the better of the 2, but, is butter really as bad for you as you first thought? At least these are certain viewpoints. Some will say that butter is fine and margarine could be “deadly”. So who or what are we to believe, is it butter or margarine?
Well, in this post I will dig deeper into both sides of the story and list all of the information in this post .Then you can make an a decision as to whether you will eat butter or may be margarine.
Reporters from the daily Telegraph newspaper (UK) say that the trans fats found in margarine were likely to “increase the risk of obesity – a condition that can have a bad effect on the quality of life.” Daily Telegraph
They were reporting on the findings of a big study carried out at the university of Toronto. You can read the results of the BMJ study
This study had funds from the WHO (World Health Organisation)
Avoid Butter And Full Fat Milk?
Guidelines that had their introduction in the ’80’s (1983). Would tell people to avoid butter and full fat milk. Experts now say this is incorrect. They said the trial that they did was “flawed”. And they also say it “lacked any solid trial evidence to back it up”. This survey was a ground-breaking one and was the first of its kind.
In an era where the amount of fat that was consumed represented one fifth of the average persons diet in the UK.This would be definitely no good at all if you were trying to naturally lose the weight!
Nowadays scientists actually believe it to be true, yes true. That this bad information is partly responsible for the obesity problem that we now face.
The professionals say that we cannot understand the advice. And it had its first introduction to 220 million Americans back in 1977 six years earlier than the UK study.
When they publish a new review. It will say that “The dietary advice not only needs a review it should not have been introduced”.
Butter Has A Lot Of Saturated Oils
A series of newspapers actually ran the headlines that would say this. “Saturated fat is not as bad for you as once thought” (butter has a very high content of saturated fat)
I guess the question that is on everyone’s lips is this. “But what about all of the health advice that people are saying?”
Well, now the advice issued by the world Health Organisation (WHO) is to have NO MORE THAN 10% of all the calories that you consume coming from saturated fat. This says to us that again, as usual, a little bit cannot hurt us!
There Is Bad Advice On Butter
The trouble is that nutritional advice by nature often has views that contradict each other so who is correct? The example just given illustrates this point exactly. You see the problem lies in the method behind most dietary surveys.
They expect it from what a person ate a long time earlier on. And I do not know about you? But I find it impossible to to think of what I at even a couple of weeks before. Which is why a lot of the data is not accurate.
We will now think that saturated fats are no worse for you than carbohydrates or protein. And that we should all know by now that too many carbohydrates are bad for your weight.
Again. this would suggest to us that eating a little of butter has no ill effects on us whatsoever. That is if we are to believe the studies. Let us just hope that in another 23 years we do not get the results of a survey. That will say “Actually the results of the first survey were correct”.
At a study at the university of East Anglia, a Doctor Lee Hooper led a survey on saturated fat. He would conclude this by saying this. “What we realize is that in the last few years, saturated fat isn’t quite the villain we once thought”
Margarine And Not Butter?
A doctor Dr Aseem Malhotra who is a London cardiologist (Anything to do do with the heart in medical terms). And is an advisor to the national obesity forum. Strongly argues that the findings published by the Harvard School Of Public Health. They will find that replacing the saturated fats (found in butter) with unsaturated fats (found in margarine). Well, it would seriously lower the chance of suffering from a heart attack.
He says that “I would choose butter over margarine any day of the week. And, I advise my patients to do the same”
He then goes on to say butter is neither good nor bad for our health. (its effects are probably “neutral”, he says) But he has concerns about margarine: “I believe it’s potentially harmful.”
So you see, it really is difficult to distinguish between the two, butter or margarine. I would imagine that your diet does not contain a lot of butter anyway. So, you could it get from this and you will be alright eating it. Providing that is, you do not go overboard with it.
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