Butter VS Low Fat Margarines

Quick band aid weight loss fix or long-lasting health? Pick your choice. Those looking for quick weight loss solutions will probably look into eating some sort of light margarine on the morning bread. How effective that is?

For quick temporary weight loss (for a person that is above his/her weight) it works at the cost of depriving the body from pure form nutrients. For a long run healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight maintenance, it will be a disaster. Our product companies are broadly focused on creating products that satisfy both economy and an addictive purchasing instinct creating false images and messages of ‘’health’’, as well as exposing different nations to the national problems of the world’s most obese population, USA (which is mainly due to advertised fast-food culture rather than an abundance of saturated fat from natural product sources).

The reality behind saturated fats

Saturated fat turns out to be neutral from a heart health perspective when compared to the average American diet—so that campaigns which prioritise reducing saturated fat consumption, rather than focusing on foods and overall diet quality, are a misplaced and misleading public health strategy.

says Dariush Mozaffarian, cardiologist and Professor of Medicine

The quote comes from an interview regarding a review paper from 2014 (access it here) that suggests that people should focus on maintaining a favorable ratio between LDL and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. The authors state that there may not be a strong link between a person’s consumption of saturated fats and their risk of heart disease or stroke.

Now, it is much cheaper, easier and economically more prosperous for companies and internationals (including Public Health institutions) to promote a culture of expenditure via products that contain labels for quick fixes such as ‘’fat-free’’, ‘’cholesterol-free’’, ‘’diet’’, etc.

Fat-free milk with sugar free cereals, as an example.

Frank Hu had published nearly identical findings in 2010 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrating that people who eat the highest levels of saturated fat (such as butter) have the same risk of heart disease as those who eat the lowest.

The findings demonstrate that, in practice, when people lower their saturated fat intake, they don’t necessarily eat healthier diets. We’re not going to artificially create healthy diets by manufacturing low-fat, low-saturated-fat packaged foods. What we eat should be whole, minimally processed, nutritious food—food that is in many cases as close to its natural form as possible.

concludes Mozaffarian

A part of my Nutritional education consists on learning about mindful eating and what goes beyond understanding that we must eat for health rather than for quick band aid fixes. It might become harder for a slightly overweight person to lose his/her extra weight, but his/her long term health benefits will be much higher than those of an individual who ran a quick fixed weight loss diet that works on restrictions and usage of fake foods (fat-free).

Recommendations are very generalized due to a high obesity rate, individual nourishment is key

The bottom line

Butter CANNOT be advertised as a health food for a simple reason: 39% of world’s adults aged 18 years old & over were overweight in 2016 and 13% were obese. The overall food recommendation guidelines are directed out of necessity towards a stricter need for the average individual (especially American public).

The truth about butter consumption

Butter, just like any other food should be consumed in its purest natural form, mindfully, meaning without any mental guilt but rather with responsibility. There is absolutely no need of fat-free products as long as there is a nourishing food plan and appropriate activity level assessed individually.


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Sources used:

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight

https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/1846638/association-dietary-circulating-supplement-fatty-acids-coronary-risk-systematic-review

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/multitaxo/topic/healthy-lifestyles/