For many years I have been eating butter like there’s no tomorrow thinking that butter is healthier than margarine. Not because of saturated fat but because of trans fats. Then one day a friend tells me that butter contains more trans fats than margarine!
Imagine my shock – that can’t be right! I always look at the back of the label listing the nutritional information and butter had never any trans fats showing. (This may be due to some regulations not requiring to list trans fats if the product contains saturated fat which is required to be listed. The regulations are confusing, to say the least.)
Anyway, so I thought I would do some digging on the internet to see what I would find. Well, just like anything else we consume, there are good and bad trans fats. And because there is not enough research into this subject, there is no requirement to distinguish between the two.
According to Wikipedia, trans fats are sometimes monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, but never saturated. This excludes butter from having trans fats. However, a couple of studies are cited there claiming that dairy products actually contain natural trans fats that are beneficial to health.
Here’s a simple comparison between butter and margarine. Looking at this, I feel justified to stick with butter.