There is much confusion about fats and oils in our diet.
I work at staying on top of the information, but even I have had to rethink a few points recently.
Saturated fats have a bad public image. But this is because of excessive consumption. Remember when they told us to eat margarine instead of butter? It turns out butter is fine when used in moderation.
DO YOU KNOW …The difference between margarine and butter?
All margarine is made from assorted vegetable oils that have been heated to extremely high temperatures making the oils rancid.
Facts about Margarine:
1. Margarine is extracted from used plant oils with chemical solvents. This leaves residues and strips away nutrients.
2. It may say that there are zero grams of trans fats, but it still contains small amounts of this bad fat. (Trans fats are carcinogenic, triple risk of coronary heart disease and increases bad cholesterol and lowers the good cholesterol)
3. Deodorants are added to cover the unpleasant smell of rancid vegetable oils.
4. Artificial coloring to cover up the grey color.
2. Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
3. Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
4. Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
2. Has Vitamin A E, K and D.
3. Has a high ‘smoke point’ so it is a good oil to cook with.
4. Ghee does not spoil easily; does not need refrigeration.