Over the years there has been a lot of talk about the benefits or dangers of using butter when cooking.
As you may know, butter is derived from milk fat and is high in saturated fat and cholesterol but contains zero trans fats. Now, you may be asking "What is the difference between saturated fat and trans fats?"
Saturated fats do raise cholesterol and are found in animal products such as whole milk, steak and as discussed butter. Saturated fats are also found in tropical oils such as palm and coconut.
There are also man-made trans fatty acids which are by-products of heating polyunsaturated liquid vegetable oil in the presence of hydrogen. It is made this way so as to create a fat that remains solid at room temperature and will not ruin as quickly which makes it useful for cooking. The resulting partially hydrogenated fat is what to be concerned about. It's what can clog your arteries. NOTE: All fats are calorie dense so even good fats should be consumed in moderation.
Here's the low-down on butter:
One tablespoon of extra creamy unsalted stick butter has approximately 110 calories, 12 grams of total fat, and 8 grams of saturated fat.
With regular unsalted stick butter expect one tablespoon to have about 100 calories, 11 grams of total fat and 8 grams of saturated fat.
And last but least, yes, I said least because one tablespoon of whipped unsalted butter contains approximately 50 calories, 6 grams of total fat and 3.5 grams of saturated fat.
Long story short, some types of butter may be better for you than others but whatever butter you consume do so in moderation.
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