Butter vs Margarine

Author: FITivate | Published date: August 29, 2023 | Category: Nutrition


Is made from milk fats that are high in saturated fats BUT with no presence of trans fats.

While studies have not shown that saturated fats have an effect on LDL cholesterol levels, it is still important to consume butter moderately.


Is made from hydrogenated vegetable oils in which the process produces harmful trans fats which might contain colourants and food additives.

Trans Fats

Unhealthiest kind of fats causing production of harmful LDL cholesterol which causes heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. 

Which to choose?

  • Browse the nutritional panel of the package and avoid
    those that indicate the presence of trans fats. 
  • Compare and purchase those that are lower in overall saturated fats and sodium content.
  • As both are calorie dense, use thin layers when using as spread.
  • Alternative choices such as nut butter, low fat peanut butter or avocado spread can be used.

By : Alvin Ho

B (Eng), MBA, Certified Allied Healthcare/Fitness Professional (EIMS), Master Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutrition, Resistance & Endurance Training Specialist (NFPT)



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