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This is a set of recommendations on making healthy food choices.
The recommendation on fats and oils in our diets has evolved with each new revision of the guidelines, to the current recommendation for Adults, Children and Adolescents: Limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake. NOTE Low fat diets are not suitable for infants.
For more information visit the National Health and Medical Research Council website.
The Heart Foundation strongly recommends margarine as a healthier choice to butter. According to the Heart Foundation, butter is mostly made of bad fat that raises your cholesterol levels and replacing butter with margarine is an easy way to lower the intake of saturated fat and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
A major review recently undertaken by the Heart Foundation highlighted that Australians are consuming too much saturated fat.
This review highlighted five important ways Australians can reduce their saturated fat intake and one way is to:
Swap butter for a margarine spread made from canola, sunflower, olive or dairy blends. Just doing this with your morning toast and sandwiches at lunch will remove over 2.5 kg of saturated fat from your diet in one year *.
For other ways to reduce your saturated fat intake, and for independent healthy eating advice click here to visit the Heart Foundation Website.
What's the best type of fat for a healthy heart?
Answer: As with all healthy eating, the key is moderation. Enjoy moderate amounts of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
Polyunsaturated margarines can be an effective substitute for butter.
* based on average usage of 20g of butter daily.