Most of us are consuming too much of the unhealthier, saturated fat (which comes mainly from animal products) in our diets. Saturated fat is the fat that raises our LDL (so called, bad cholesterol) levels increasing our risk of cardiovascular disease.
Margarine and butter have been fighting each other for decades, but now the battle is over and butter has won! After years of bashing butter and claiming that dairy fat kills people, the giant margarine maker Unilever has gone so far as to incorporate real butter into its most popular Rama spread in Germany and another spread in Finland.
Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch company, makes Flora, Country Crock, and I Cant Believe Its Not Butter. For 20 years, theyve tried to beat butter at its own game, but theres point continuing. Margarine sales in the U.S. have dropped to their lowest point in 70 years, and sales are down by 30 percent since 2000. By contrast, butter sales in the U.S. are at a 40-year high, up 65 percent since 2000. In Germany, butter outsells margarine three-to-one, and sales of the latter didnt grow at all in 2013.
Nutritionist Marion Nestle explains in this article …
There's a reason you're confused in the butter aisle. Years ago, butter was a no-no. Vegetable-oil-based margarines surged in popularity as doctors began to understand the dangers of saturated fat. But the butter-versus-margarine debate is a slippery subject. Some margarines have unhealthy trans fats, while others have confusing health claims. Meanwhile, some say butter is an “all-natural” choice.