Butter or Margarine? Is There a Healthy Butter Substitute?
Basically, no matter what brand you pick, butter has the following nutritional profile per tablespoon: 100 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat. (The grades, which range from AA to B, with AA being the best, have to do with quality—flavor, color, texture, etc.) It’s a steep calorie count for sure, but heart-healthy oils, such as olive and canola, pack just as many calories (or more); what makes butter “bad” for your heart is its high level of saturated fat—which, eaten in excess, can boost blood cholesterol levels.