For decades it was believed that butter is not healthy, and that margarine is much healthier. However, it turned out that butter is healthier than margarine. Nonetheless, margarine products have become so similar to butter ones that we cannot tell the difference.
As a matter of fact, margarine is a product resulted from scientific process which results in trans fats being extremely damaging for the health. It has been created as a cheaper alternative to butter and its mass production began in 1903.
Additionally to this, it was added hydrogen to the vegetable oil thereby creating a more solid, spreadable product.
In the beginning, manufacturers were not familiar with the detrimental effects of trans fats, but nowadays, experts have confirmed that trans fats act differently in the body when compared to saturated and unsaturated fats. Opposite to trans fat, saturated and unsaturated fats are highly necessary for the body to function accordingly.
Omega 3 and 6 fats are crucial for brain function. Vitamins A, D and E and all fat-soluble vitamins are as well as of vital importance, as they transport fat throughout the body.
On the other hand, molecular structure of trans fats is different and because of that they function completely different. The study of Dalainas& Ioannou, 2008 reveals that trans fats increases the risk of coronary artery disease by 23%.
Butter acquired its bad reputation in the fifties when it was considered that high cholesterol levels (found in butter and animal fats) were linked to heart disease. Later, these findings were proven to be wrong, but people were already told wrong facts that a high-fat diet is connected to heart diseases.
Today, for sure it was confirmed that the kind of fat found in simple carbohydrates, like in bread and sugar is the real culprit for the development of cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, it was found out that slightly higher cholesterol levels can lead to a longer life.
So, next time when you purchase your groceries reconsider the use of margarine as it will bring you only negative effects to your health.