As you probably already know, doctors in the past didn’t recommend eating butter. The product was advertised as full of fat and dangerous for our heart health, and people were suggested to get margarine instead. However, it was all a scam – butter is not unhealthy for our heart in any way, and actually, it’s margarine that’s dangerous!
Margarine is a stripped-down version of butter rich in trans fats and other harmful compounds which can seriously harm your health. It was invented as a cheaper alternative to butter at the beginning of the 20th century, and after a while it was found that adding hydrogenated oils to it will create a spreadable product.
The producers were not aware of the dangers of trans fats back then, but recent studies have shown that they act differently than polyunsaturated or saturated fats which the body needs to function. Omega-3 and 6 fats are vital for our heart and brain, as are vitamins A, D and E, none of which are present in margarine.
The molecular structure of trans fats is pretty different than other fats. These fast can supposedly increase the risk of heart disease by over 20%. In the middle of the 20th century, butter was unrightfully scrutinized due to its high fat content.
However, science has proven these studies wrong later, and debunked the myth that butter causes cardiovascular problems. The main culprit for heart disease is actually the fat found in simple carbs (sugar, bread), while slightly high HDL cholesterol levels (which butter can actually raise) can lead to a healthier and longer life.
So, the next time you’re thinking of getting margarine, think twice if you want to keep your health in check.