Margarine or Butter: The Heart-Healthiest Spreads
Overwhelmed by the margarine and butter options in the grocery store? Our preventive cardiology dietitians explore which are the heart-healthiest options.
Butter. Yogurt butter. Olive-oil margarine. There’s no end to the variety of spreads available today. How do you know which ones are healthy for your heart? Preventive cardiology dietitians Julia Zumpano, RD, LD, and Kate Patton, RD, LD, break down nine types of spreads for you below.
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You can’t go by the total fat in a margarine, they explain. If most of the fat is heart-healthy monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat, that’s a good thing. But if there is even a miniscule amount of trans fat, that’s a problem. Follow the guide above to select the spread that’s best for you.