Don't go full Paula Deen
If you like having your clothes fit, you might not want to pull a Paula Deen with the butter, y’all. One tablespoon clocks in at a little more than 100 calories, which actually isn't so bad, all things considered -- if you order a burrito at Chipotle, you're getting 10 times that. Research does suggest that it boosts total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol more than olive oil, which isn’t so surprising, since the latter’s considered so heart-healthy.
Still, the study authors suggest that people with high cholesterol keep their paws off buttery goodness as much as possible. The good news? They say it’s generally fine for people with normal cholesterol levels. Get that cholesterol checked and go on a popcorn binge!
“In moderation, butter’s not as bad as it was once perceived to be,” says Moskovitz. And a small amount of saturated fat is totally fine for most healthy, active adults who don’t have heart issues. But she also points out that there now are some vegetable oil spreads that are made sans trans fats -- meaning not all margarine’s bad for you, either.
So whether butter’s your jam or you can’t quit margarine, just make sure you’re skipping the trans fat and not eating scoops of the stuff at a time.
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Alexandra Duron is a freelance writer for Thrillist. She thinks butter wins every time. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @alexduron.