Just for informational purposes, I hope I don’t scare you all.” Butter:
contains a lot of saturated fatty acids and cholesterol and as everybody knows increases the possibility of Arteriosclerosis.Margarine:
consists of a mixture of varying levels of different vegetable oils. While the vegetable oils are or were for the large part considered being healthy, most margarines are made by “hydrogenating” the fluid oils to make them “hard” or spreadable. The otherwise multiple unsaturated fatty acids are converted to simple saturated fatty acids which are again not that healthy.
If you are going to use margarine, look for one that contains no hydrogenated oils. Since I live in Germany, I can’t give you any brand names. The brands sold here have no equivalents in the US or Canada. Here they are sold as “diet or reform margarines”.
Try to avoid the use of baking margarines or Crisco (hydrogenated Palm oils) they contain too many trans fatty acids which are known to also increase cholesterol levels and the risk of diabetes (trans fatty acids make the cell membranes impassable and thus makes it difficult for insulin to enter the cell kernel).
In Europe, olive oil (78% unsaturated fats) and rap seed oils (94% unsaturated fats and high on Omega 3 fatty acids) are very popular. But butter is as well very generously used. As always keep in mind:
“Enjoy everything, eat what you like but keep everything in good balance"