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To help you eat better, Marmiton will enlighten you on the best alternatives to choose in store. Today, we compare butter or margarine. Which fat wins? Response to follow.

Often presented as the plant-based alternative to butter, is margarine better from a nutritional point of view? Nothing is less sure. To do this, let’s compare the two products.

What are the differences between butter and margarine?

Butter is made from cow’s milk. To obtain the name “butter”, the latter must contain a minimum of 82% fat, a maximum of 16% water. The remaining 2% can be sugar, milk proteins, salt or others. There are also “light”, “salted”, “churned” butters…

Margarine, for its part, was developed in 1869 by Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès. The chemist was tasked with creating a cheaper alternative to butter that kept better. After several attempts, he succeeded in obtaining an emulsion made from beef fat. Over the course of scientific advances, this was transformed into an emulsion of several hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Today, its list of ingredients includes, among others, rapeseed, linseed, sometimes palm oil, emulsifiers, flavors, salt and colorings.

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So from an ingredient perspective, butter wins with less processing and additives.

Butter, like margarine, has a smoke point, the temperature beyond which it should not be heated, at 120°C. This is a rather low temperature, knowing that to fry, the oil must reach 180°C.
Therefore, we do not recommend cooking these two products, with the exception of margarine, of which certain references are made for cooking.

On the other hand, both can be used without problem to spread on bread or rusks, or in pastries. You can therefore easily replace butter with margarine in your recipes, and vice versa. No need to change the quantities, both are equal.

Tastewise, it’s a pair of sleeves. Indeed, despite the presence of flavorings in its composition, margarine remains bland compared to butter, even if its texture is softer.

The butter therefore trumps the taste.

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As we saw previously, butter contains up to 82% lipids, including 55%* saturated fatty acids. However, although these fats are essential to our body, they are present in too large quantities in our diet. A teaspoon of butter alone provides around 6 g of saturated fat, or almost a quarter of our ideal daily intake.

On this point, margarine does better, since it contains as much fat, but half as much saturated fat. Its balance between saturated fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids is more interesting.

Should we use butter or margarine?

If you follow a vegan or lactose-free diet, the question does not arise, margarine is the most suitable. However, it is not healthier than butter. The ideal is therefore to alternate the two to vary your nutritional intake, while consuming reasonable quantities. It is therefore recommended not to exceed 20 g of butter or margarine, the equivalent of a large tablespoon, per day.

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Camille Ordonneau


For me, cooking is a passion that is passed down from generation to generation. Arrancini, lasagna, fish couscous and cannoli are part of my family culinary heritage. Specialist in “the…


I'm William from America, I'm a food lover, often discovering and making new recipes. I started my blog to share my love for food with others. My blog is filled with delicious recipes, cooking tips, and reviews about restaurants and products. I'm also an advocate for healthy eating and strive to create recipes that are easy to make and use fresh ingredients. Many of my recipes contain vegetables or grains as the main ingredients, with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure. I often experiment with new ingredients, adding international flavors and finding ways to make dishes healthier without compromising on flavour. I'm passionate about creating simple yet delicious recipes that are fun to make and can easily be replicated at home. I also love sharing my experiences eating out with others so they can get the best out of their dining experiences. In addition to cooking and writing, I'm also an avid traveler, often visiting new places to discover local delicacies and explore different flavors. I'm always looking for a new challenge – whether it's trying an exotic food or creating a new recipe using unusual ingredients. My blog is a reflection of my passion for food and I'm always looking for new ways to share it with the world. Join me on my culinary journey and let's explore delicious foods together!

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