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Is liquid butter healthy or unhealthy

  1. There are different types of butter available that are suitable for cooking. Of course there is the old-fashioned tasty cream butter or packs of baking and frying butter, but olive oil is also widely used. However, the largest market share has nevertheless the liquid butters such as the liquid baking and frying products or the liquid butter with olive oil. These products seem to be much healthier than traditional butter, but is this the case?

Types of fats

  1. Broadly speaking, there are three main groups of fat that we can distinguish in our food. These are

Unhealthy saturated fats

  1. Saturated fats are the so-called bad fats. By eating these fats to a large extent, an increase in the bad cholesterol in our body is realized, which in turn can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease due to the narrowing of the veins due to this cholesterol. Saturated fats also have an increased contribution to obesity. Fortunately, recognizing saturated fats is easy; on the one hand this is stated on the packaging, but on the other hand the rule of thumb is that if it concerns hard fats, they are mainly saturated fats. Butter, for example, is a hard fat and therefore contains mainly saturated fats. Packets of baking and frying butter are also hard and therefore contain a lot of saturated fats. Products such as olive oil, which are liquid, again consist mainly of unsaturated fats.

Healthy unsaturated fats

  1. Unsaturated fats are the healthier fats. These fats are not only a good alternative to eating saturated fats, but also really contribute to good health. As mentioned before, saturated fats contribute to unhealthy cholesterol. Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, contribute to good cholesterol. The bad cholesterol is also known as LDL and the good cholesterol as HDL. Good cholesterol breaks down bad cholesterol and thus ensures that any narrowing of veins is counteracted or an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is reduced. These properties make unsaturated fats very important for good health. Avoiding fat altogether is therefore not a good idea, it is precisely about making the right choices. Unsaturated fats can also be recognized on the packaging of products and by the rule of thumb that they are liquid.

Harmful trans fats

  1. The third type of fat is trans fats. These fats are very harmful and are mainly caused by the industrial processing of fats. For example, when liquid fats are solidified (as happens with margarine), trans fats are created. Just like saturated fats, trans fats contribute to bad LDL cholesterol and thus an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, trans fats also contribute to an increased risk of cancer and these fats are more difficult for the body to process. This ensures that these fats, which are cheap and easy for the industry, become a ballast for the body, which manifests itself in particular in overweight and fat storage under the skin. Trans fats are more difficult to recognize because they are not mentioned on packaging and even occur in natural products (albeit in low quantities). If a package speaks of hydrogenated fat or partially hydrogenated vegetable fat, then you can assume that these are trans fats.

Which type of butter is the healthiest?

  1. The question now arises as to which types of butter are healthy and which are unhealthy for baking and roasting. The rule of thumb that the hard fats are unhealthy and the liquid fats healthy can still be used here. It is true that the different hard fats also contain different percentages of saturated fats. For example, butter contains a higher percentage of saturated fat than hard frying fat or hard margarine. Incidentally, trans fat also occurs in all three types, although in small quantities.

Liquid butter is healthier than hard butter

  1. Also with butter, the liquid butters are healthier than the hard butter. Although there are all kinds of different variants among the liquid butter, such as light, fry and fry and olive, all these variants are healthier than the hard fats. The use of liquid butters is therefore recommended over the use of hard fats. Although small percentages of saturated fats also occur in the liquid butters, the majority of these butters consists of unsaturated fats. Incidentally, liquid butters also contain trans fats, but also in small percentages. The healthiest composition for cooking is olive oil, but olive oil has a low smoke point. This means that olive oil should not get too hot before it releases harmful substances. At least, that applies to the less pure olive oil such as extra virgin olive oil. The normal olive oil can be heated up again; it is purer and therefore receives fewer harmful substances.

Liquid butter and olive oil

  1. So liquid butter and olive oil are both healthy, although olive oil is slightly healthier in terms of trans fats. It is true that olive oil does add a very defining flavor to the dish, while liquid butter does this less. There is also a difference in the vitamins that are in the different products. Olive oil, for example, contains vitamin E, while liquid butter contains mainly vitamins A, D and E.

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