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Oil or Butter, Which is Better?

When faced with a choice between butter and oil, the vast majority of us will opt for oil, which is now recognized for its virtues.

While it’s true that oil’s unsaturated fats are better than butter for our cardiovascular health, we must pay special attention, as some oils can also contain saturated fats when exposed to high temperatures. Indeed, each type of oil has its own smoke point that turns healthy fats into saturated fats. I invite you to read the article (in French only) les huiles et leurs utilisations to learn more on this subject.

In addition, in equal amounts, oil contains more fat than butter since the latter is 80% fat and 20% water, while the former is pure fat. We have to remember that although oil is indeed healthy, moderation is essential. In other words, choosing oil over butter is a smart choice, but if you use a larger quantity of oil than you would have for butter, you’re defeating the purpose.

Here’s a comparative chart that lists the fat and calorie content of butter, margarine, and oil:

Comparative chart oil butter margarine

According to this chart, if we look only at the numbers, light margarine would be the ‘’best choice,’’ but it all depends on how you use it, and how much of it. Always ask yourself if you really need to add fat on your food, and try to use less than you usually do. These slight changes will do wonders for your weight loss process, as well as your overall health!

Marie-Eve Nadeau, Dt.P.

Marie-Ève Nadeau, Dt.P.

Member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Marie-Eve joined the Nautilus Plus team in November 2012. Nutritionist since January 2013 and assistant manager at Delson’s centre, Marie-Eve has found a passion for exercise and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her studies with the International Olympic Committee and exercises regularly. She ran her first half-marathon in Ottawa in May 2014, and was thrilled by the experience! She strives to pass on her passion to her clients and loved ones. Her objective is to help her clients get the results they desire and motivate them to adopt a healthy life style. She creates weight loss support groups and holds conferences on motivation and how to plan shopping for groceries.

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