Why is it that butter has been treated so unkindly, and margarine has been promoted as the healthy option?
Now, before you get overly excited and think I am about to give you an excuse to eat gallons of butter, think again Everything in moderation really does apply here.
And yep, you can believe what you read - butter is the healthy option! Although it is a saturated fat It is less processed than margarine - and since processing kills off some of those beautiful vitamins that our bodies actually need, including vitamin A and D, I pose the question - why would we be eating tasteless margarine over butter?
If we went back to eating food as nature intended - eating a wholefood diet, without all the processing and removal of fat, and along with it the vitamins and minerals we would be a healthier, less fat phobic society!
Vitamin A, D, E and K are fat soluble vitamins, meaning they are just that - they are better recognised, absorbed and used by the body with fat. The body cannot make these vitamins, they must be obtained from the diet, and don't forget they have key roles as anti oxidants and immune-boosting.
Next time you are having your veggies don't feel guilty when you add a little bit of butter to them!
Olivia McFadyen, based in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore, is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist and Homoeopath. Whilst Olivia is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist, she is also a realist and understands the demands of modern day life, offering nutrition, herbal medicine and homoeopathic consultations and support without compromising on the enjoyment food can bring. She is passionate about supporting patients to reach their lifestyle goals, optimise their health & develop a healthy yet balanced way of life through naturopathy and homoeopathy. She services her clients by offering 4 and 12 week natural health programs from her clinic in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore.