UK: Some "healthy" butter alternatives should carry health warnings
Butter alternatives often marketed as healthy options because they contain more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are not quite all they seem, according to a Consumers' Association investigation published in Which? magazine yesterday. The study focused on the fat content of over 100 margarines, low fat, sunflower oil- and olive oil-based spreads, and found that many of the products contained high levels of saturated fats. Government dietary advice has linked saturated fats to a higher risk of heart disease and consumers are encouraged to consider that avoiding them is the predominant reason for choosing the butter alternatives in the first place.
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