Butter Basics ( Diabetes )
Not all fats and oils are created equal. When it comes to choosing the best one for you, always consider the types of fatty acids they contain â€” saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated. Saturated fats (butter and lard) are the least healthy. Polyunsaturated fats (corn or soybean oil) are healthier. Monounsaturated fats (canola or olive oil) are the best. All fats are actually mixtures of these three fatty acids.
All margarines are made of vegetable oil. However, the fat is hydrogenated (saturated), so it is less healthy than liquid oils. Tub and squeeze margarines also contain water and air to lower fat and calories. Read the food label to find margarine with only 2 grams of saturated fat per serving and a liquid oil as the first ingredient. Canola and olive oil are the best vegetable oils because they are low in saturated fat and contain the largest amount of monounsaturated fats. Safflower, sunflower, corn, and soybean oil are also low in saturated fat.