Food Swap Friday – Olive Oil instead of Butter

Butter. Most people love it, or at least like it. Few people can eat it on a regular basis and not pay the price for it, healthwise.  Right off the bat I will say it is not the worst thing you could consume – but it’s not the best, either.

Food Swap - Olive Oil for Butter

To raise your good cholesterol and lower your bad cholesterol, replace carbohydrates with unsaturated fat. For recipes that call for Butter, you are usually okay, and better off, to swap olive oil (or canola oil) for butter.

A simple nutrition breakdown is here: 1 tablespoon of olive oil has 14 grams fat, 2 of which are saturated; 1 tablespoon of Canola oil has 14 grams fat, 1 gram saturated; while 1 tablespoon butter has 11 grams fat, 7 of which are saturated. It is this difference that really makes all the difference!

 

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