The answer is NO.
Margarine is a processed food that is designed to taste and look similar to butter. It is often recommended as a heart-healthy replacement.
The most important difference is that butter contains saturated fat and margarine contain trans fats.
Margarine was developed as a substitute for butter and is made from plant-based oils, such as canola oil, palm fruit oil and soybean oil.
A process called Hydrogenation has been used to harden the vegetable oils. Hydrogenation increases the oil’s saturated fat content and producing a side product known as unhealthy trans fatty acid.
Margarine is prepared by the hydrogenation of vegetable oils, so it have the high level of trans fatty acid which may cause heart disease by raising levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and lowering levels of HDL (good cholesterol).
Trans fats harden at room temperature, so the harder the margarine, the more trans fats it contains.
Regular butter is made from pasteurized cow milk. Saturated fat content of butter also raises LDL (bad) cholesterol, but less than trans fats, and does not affect HDL.
The American Heart Association suggests buying soft, trans-fat free spreads instead of regular butter or stick margarine.
Thus, it can be concluded that, margarine is not the healthy alternatives of butter.
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