User's Manual: Your Heart

Butter vs. Margarine: How to Choose

Is margarine healthier than butter? Here are 12 options and how they rank in terms of heart health.
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Is butter or margarine healthier?

by Amanda MacMillan

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.

Well, we've got the bottom line on butter and its alternatives. Here are some of the best and worst products for your heart.

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