Nutrition Tip February 19 2011

Butter Vs Margarine

Comments:  Talk about a nutrition debate: margarine vs. butter!  Actually, neither is the best option when choosing a fat for spreading or baking.  Whenever possible, use olive oil, peanut oil, or coconut oil instead.  When you do need margarine or butter, choose butter over margarine.  Instead of opting for a spread with 20+ ingredients, use one that has only a few.  But again, use it sparingly.  Natural does not equal a health food, just the lesser of two evils.

What to buy: Butter, use sparingly and choose olive, peanut, and coconut oil instead when possible.

What to leave: Any margarine, especially those with partially-hydrogenated oils.

By Kelli Jennings of