Nutrition and Energy in Butter and Margarine
Dietary Food Nutrients, Vitamins, Minerals and Glycemic Index GI Value of Butter/Margarine

Nutritional Value of Butter/Margarine

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Diet Nutrients, Micronutrients in Butter/Margarine

Food Nutrition in Butter and Margarine

Butter contains 81 percent fat, of which 54 percent is saturated fat, 20 percent is monounsaturated fat, 3 is percent polyunsaturated fat and between 4-8 percent is trans fats. In short, although butter is a more 'natural' food product, its high level of saturates means that it must be eaten very sparingly, as saturated fat is strongly associated with atherosclerosis heart disease. Margarine, a cheap butter-substitute invented by a French scientist in the 1860's, is really no healthier than butter if it contains similar fat levels. However, there are a range of light soft margarines that are much lower in fat.

Energy in Butter And Margarine

Butter contains about 74 calories per 10 grams. Hard margarine has a similar energy content while low fat soft margarines may contain as little as 27 calories per 10 grams.

Nutrients in Butter And Margarine

Butter and margarine are high in fat, contain no carbohydrate but contain very small amounts of protein.

Vitamins in Butter And Margarine

Butter contains Vitamin A, a little Vitamin D and Vitamin E. Margarine typically contains more Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Vitamin D.

Minerals in Butter And Margarine

Butter contains calcium, phosphorus and potassium, while margarine contains fewer minerals except it may be high in sodium which is not beneficial for blood pressure.

Glycemic Index (GI) Value For Butter And Margarine

Butter and margarine have a very low GI value.

Most Nutritious Types of Butter And Margarine

The biggest health problems with margarines is their content of hydrogenated or trans fatty acids. Cheaper margarines are made with low quality vegetable oils which are then 'processed' and their vegetable oil is converted into a form of saturated fat called hydrogenated fat. So please check the food label and choose soft margarines with a low hydrogenated/saturated/trans fat content.

Nutrition in Butter

Almond Butter
Butter Buds
Butter-Margarine Blend
Butter Replacement
Butter Sprinkles
Whipped Butter
Cashew Butter
Clarified Butter
Garlic Butter
Ghee Palm Butter
Honey Butter
Kraft Touch of Butter
Light Butter
Light Whipped Butter
Nutrition in Butter
Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Chunky
Peanut Butter Smooth
Salted Butter
Sesame Butter (Tahini)
Sunflower Seed Butter
Unsalted Butter
Weight Watchers Butter Spray

Nutrition in Margarines

Benecol Light Spread
Benecol Spread
Corn Margarine
Fat-Free Margarine
Fat-Free Margarine Spread
Margarine Spread
Smart Balance Spread
Smartbeat Spread
Unsalted Margarine
Weight Watchers Spread

Weight Control, Exercise and Nutrition

Some people who want to lose weight make the mistake of focusing exclusively on calorie-intake and counting calories. Although keeping track of energy intake is vital, energy expenditure is also important. So too is diet nutrition, because when we maintain a healthy body and metabolism, we burn calories faster. In short, if you want to lose weight, make sure you eat a healthy diet in order to obtain all your necessary nutrients.

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