Beautiful yellow pats of butter can turn into blobs of woe that can negatively impact an individual's life. It's important to note that overweight individuals are not the only ones that suffer the ill-health effects of high cholesterol.
Although extra pounds can increase health risks for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and some cancers, the genetic make-up of some thin individuals places them at higher risks than many overweight individuals.
And for those individuals who are overweight and who also have a genetic make-up that puts them at higher risk (even at a thin weight) then the combination signals a bright red flag.
With all this said, why is butter in the diet such a concern?
The Butter & Spread Comparison chart below demonstrates clearly why. Just look at how many calories and how many fat grams are contained in a tiny Tablespoon of butter - so many fat grams and calories that it's quite amazing that it all fits on one Tablespoon.
Although fat should not be stripped from the diet, it should be limited.
The following may help shift the tide where that little yellow difference is concerned:
- until you feel comfortable in knowing the size of a Tablespoon, use the actual Tablespoon until that time;
- try using 1 teaspoon rather than 1 Tablespoon of butter or margarine;
- many spreads and margarines make a healthier option over butter;
- opt for a smear of cream cheese rather than that Tablespoon of butter or margarine but do take note that it's still high in dietary fat values and isn't the best source of dietary fat for your weight loss plan;
- honey makes another smarter alternative over butter or margarine.