Butter and margarine
– Butter versus margarine.
– Things you need to know about butter and margarine.
Margarine is made from a blend of some vegetable oils which are hydrogenated, emulsifiers, on the other hand, coloring, vitamins, and some other ingredients. It often serves as a substitute for butter, people spread it on foods.
Butter is a soft and fatty foodstuff which we often make by churning the cream of milk. Butter, as an animal fat, contains both saturated fats and cholesterol.
These two dietary ingredients in butter increase blood cholesterol. Saturated fats can raise bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol).
Margarine also contains Trans Fats, because of the process of hydrogenation involved in the production of margarine. Hydrogenation is a means of solidifying liquid vegetable oil into a spread.
Trans fats just like its counterpart saturated fat, also increases LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).
There are diverse essays, articles, write-ups, etc on the use of butter and margarine and which is better between the two.
However, there is no clear division between the benefits they contribute to the health as well as the harmful effects of taking them.
It is important that we eat both butter and margarine in moderation if we cannot find substitutes for them.
Despite that they have certain benefits they contribute to the health, there are still some threats they pose to the health.
Things to know about margarine and butter include;
1.Butter and magarine contain bad cholestorals that lower good cholesterol in the body ( LDL and HDL).
2. Also, when they are too much in the body, they tend to cause heart diseases and also increase death rate.
3. Also, the consumption of magarine decreases the adequate functioning of the immune system, it decreases immune responses. Eating food that contains trans fat affects immune response by lowering efficiency of B cell response and increasing proliferation of T cells.
4. They also increase blood insulin levels and this increases the risk for diabetes.