Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Is New Improved Margarine Good for You?

What do you think about Smart Balance margarine which claims it has no trans-fatty acids? Is it healthier?
A: The manufacturer of Smart Balance margarine claims its product contains no hydrogenated oil and no trans fatty acids and therefore should lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol - just the opposite effect of spreads that contain both of these forms of fat.

This is supposed to happen if you limit your intake of dietary fat to 30 percent of daily calories and keep your consumption of dietary cholesterol to under 300 mg per day. In other words, if the fat in your diet is the same blend of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as in Smart Balance. Incidentally, Smart Balance replaces trans-fatty acids with palm oil, a tropical oil that is 50 percent saturated fat. There's not enough palm oil in Smart Balance to raise cholesterol levels, but it is a saturated fat nonetheless. Read more...

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