The CSIRO has been looking for dietary strategies to lower cholesterol and one that has been very successful is substituting margarine for butter.
(CSIRO Fact Sheet)
Swap butter for a margarine spread - just by doing this with your daily toast and sandwich will save 2.85kg* of saturated fat from your diet in one year.
((Heart Foundation Media Release, June 2009)
*Based on a daily 20g serve
The Dietary Guidelines for Australians recommend we limit saturated fats and moderate total fat intake.
(Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults, National Health & Medical Research Council, 2003)
Click here to get tips to help reduce your saturated fat intake.
- Fats and oils are essential for growth and development throughout all life stages. But, it is important to choose the right type of fats and oils to eat.
- Saturated fats are 'bad' or unhealthy fats because they increase cholesterol in the blood which can increase the risk of heart disease.
- Butter contains 50% saturated animal fat.
- Margarine spreads contain 65% less saturated fat than butter.
- Margarine spreads contain trace amounts of trans fat (less than 1%) whereas butter contains 3 – 4% trans fat.
- Margarine spreads are made from natural plant seed oils, including Canola and Sunflower.
- Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are 'good' or healthy fats found in Canola, Sunflower and Olive Oils.
- One of the easiest ways to reduce saturated fat in your diet is to switch from butter to margarine spreads. It's a small change that will make a big difference.