Problems of overweight, cholesterol, vegan diet or vegan … the reasons are not lacking to introduce the vegetable butter in his diet.
Vegetable butter, also known as margarine, is made from hydrogenated fats, which makes the preparation more easily spreadable and increases its shelf life. As caloric as animal butter (82 calories per 100g of product) the vegetable butter has many benefits.
Vegetable butter: what benefits?
About ¼ of margarines on the market highlight health benefits such as lowering cholesterol levels or reducing cardiovascular problems.
Vegetable butter consists of vegetable fats that have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. It is also rich in vitamin A and E.
A few years ago, the opinions were rather negative concerning the composition of vegetable butter because it was frequently found in its manufacture of saturated or “trans” fatty acids deemed harmful to health. Today, we favor the “good” polyunsaturated fatty acids and it is advisable to turn to margarines based on rapeseed oil, rich in omega 3.
Vegetable butter and diet: how to make the right choice?
When we go on a diet, we tend to think that butter is the number one enemy. Yet lipids are essential nutrients that will help the constitution of our cells. So do not remove them from our diet.
Vegetable butter or animal butter? In equal quantities, a dab of each on your toast will be exactly the same calorie intake. So you can continue to indulge yourself and spread your morning bread as you see fit.
If you make a cake, it’s quite possible to replace the animal butter with vegetable butter in the kitchen.
Tip: halve the amount in the recipe. When making your choice in store, check that there is no trans fat and choose a non-hydrogenated vegetable butter. It must contain a maximum of 1 gram of saturated fat per serving of 10 grams (the equivalent of 2 teaspoons).
You can opt for lighter margarines (25 to 67% less fat) as part of a diet but be careful not to consume more!
How to consume vegetable butter to slim down?
To consume the vegetable butter, the ideal is to make it yourself. Homemade will have the advantage of being organic without palm oil, lactose or lactoserum powder, gluten and sunflower oil (found throughout our diet). Much better for your health! Here is an example of a homemade recipe.
1 cup of coconut oil
¼ cup of soymilk (no sugar)
¾ cup of olive oil (or rapeseed)
1 tablespoon of xanthan gum or acadia
2 tablespoons of soy lecithin
1 teaspoon of salt
Place the container a little in advance in the refrigerator
Put your food in a thermomix mixer for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Pour the mixture into the container, cover and return to the refrigerator
The vegetable butter can be kept cool for about two weeks
Whether in sandwich or in your sweet or salty preparations, the vegetable butter has good nutritional qualities and allows to raise the taste of your preparations.