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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Better: Soft spreads

Soft spreads packaged in a tub are generally much healthier for your heart, because they contain less saturated fat and many are trans fat free.

Some examples include Fleischmann's Original Whipped Tub with 60 calories and 7 grams of fat (1 gram saturated) per serving, Smart Balance Original Buttery Spread with 80 calories and 9 grams of fat (2.5 grams saturated), and Blue Bonnet Soft Spread with 60 calories and 6 grams of fat (1 gram saturated).

These spreads work best for cooking, on bread, or with vegetables; however, they're not recommended for baking, says Baker.

Next: Better: Light or fat-free spreads

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