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iVillage: 10 Healthy Eating Myths That Could Be Ruining Your Diet

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Myth: Margarine Is Better Than Butter

Truth: The butter vs. margarine debate is not new. Here’s what to remember: Depending on the type of margarine you buy, you may be spreading your toast with something more harmful than butter. “Margarines that contain trans fats (hydrogenated oils) not only raise your bad cholesterol (LDL), but also lower your good cholesterol (HDL),” says Gans. “It’s not always the best choice.” As a matter of fact, one pat of butter (about half of tablespoon) is only 45 calories and contains no trans fats. If you prefer the taste of margarine, or can’t have dairy, use margarine made with plant stanols which research suggests may help lower your cholesterol levels, according to Gans. Also keep in mind that margarine and butter have about same amount of fat and calories.

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