FUEL Foodie Friday offers insights and expertise for any who shares a common interest in making smart food buying choices for their families. Also for the health conscious consumer that is tired of the same ole grocery list. I will be your supermarket guinea pig and report on everyday finds at supermarkets, big-box stores, and the neighborhood health food stores.
Land O’ Lakes Butter
Margarine versus butter: Who wins the fight?
Margarine is made from vegetable oils, so it contains no cholesterol. Margarine can be higher in “good" fats — polyunsaturated and monounsaturated — than butter. Butter, on the other hand, is made from animal fat, so it contains cholesterol and higher levels of saturated fat, which gave it such a bad rap for so long.
But not all margarines are created equal — and some may even be worse than butter. In general, the more solid the margarine, the more trans fat it contains — so stick margarines usually have more trans fat than do tub margarines. Like saturated fat, trans fat increases blood cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. In addition, trans fat can lower good cholesterol levels.
I am a butter lover! Land O’ Lakes stole my heart with a few simple words: sweat cream, canola oil, salt. Yes, you just read the ingredient list! Note that natural butter is not low calories butter. Land O’ Lakes offers a light version and per serving has less fat and calories than regular butter does. The important thing is to use them wisely and in moderation.
Check out Land O’ Lakes website for great recipes and coupons!
FUEL Tip: Spread a teaspoon of Land O’ Lakes Butter on wheat waffles drizzled with honey to FUEL a morning long run!