Butter? We can do better than butter...
In an attempt to create a "healthier" alternative to butter modern day margarine was created using vegetable oil. Using vegetables instead of butter, sounds healthy right? These unnatural fats are created with a process known as hydrogenation, which essentially turns liquid vegetable oils into a solid form. However if the hydrogenation is incomplete you get a partially hydrogenated fat, better known as a Trans Fat. The laundry list of health risks from consuming trans fit is terrifying.
- Heart Disease
- Bone problems
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Pregnancy complications
- Weight Gain
- to name a few...
Scientists have even gone so far to claim that consumption of trans fat at any level are unsafe.
Well done food industry... You were so fixated on creating a better version of butter you ended up created the worst thing in the world...
Good old fashion butter gets a bad wrap, probably most due to the high concentration of saturated fats. First off, walking into a kitchen that has garlic and butter simmering in a cast iron skillet is heaven. Mmm....butter... Secondly butter being a simply creation of churning fresh cream or milk. No lab coats or test tubes required.
Butter itself is rich of Vitamin E and Vitamin K but more importantly you need fat in a meal in order to absorb all the healthy nutrients found in vegetables. Carotenoids and fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, need fat in order to get into your blood stream. So ahead and throw some some fresh broccoli in that cast iron skillet.
It's important to balance the amount of saturated and unsaturated fats consume in your diet and over course moderation is key. Too much of anything isn't a good thing but choose butter of margarine every time.