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Butter and Health
Although the margarine lobby has campaigned against the adverse health properties of butter - mainly because of its high saturated fat content - it should be remembered that this advice should be tempered by the aims of big business.
Margarines in general have the same quantity of fat as butter, only the product has undergone many chemical processes; and although manufacturers are pushing their latest cholesterol-lowering products (containing 'stanols' and 'sterols'), it now seems that for the majority of people lower levels of cholesterol are of no benefit whatsoever.
No one study has yet found that taking dietary steps to lower cholesterol brings down the overall risk of premature death.
Butter, is a natural product, and while albeit predominantly saturated fat, no one has yet proved any relationship between fat intake and heart disease, and no research has shown that a reduced intake reduces funeral rates. See'Margarine'; 'Stanols and Sterols'