Shedd's Spread Country Crock is one of the many types of margarine sold as an alternative to butter. Overall, Country Crock is healthier than butter because of its lower fat content.
Butter has about 7 g of saturated fat per teaspoon, while Country Crock only has 1.5 g. Saturated fat raises blood cholesterol levels and may increase the risk of heart disease.
Butter contains cholesterol; Country Crock does not. Although some people can consume cholesterol without raising blood cholesterol levels dramatically, it can be a problem for many people. One tsp. of butter contains 30 mg of cholesterol, or 10 percent to 15 percent of the recommended daily value.
The main concern with margarine is that it can contain trans fat, which can raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol. The classic Country Crock is trans-fat free, which means there is less than 0.5 g of trans fat per serving. Butter has no trans fat.
Country Crock is available in several varieties, including Regular, Light, Spreadable Butter, Omega Plus and Calcium plus Vitamin D. Their nutrition facts may differ from those listed above.
Margarine is recommended over butter as a more heart-healthy choice, according to the Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. However, it is OK to have a teaspoon of butter a few times a month as part of a healthy diet.
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- Cleveland Clinic
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