Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does butter contain Trans Fats?

    Trans fat (also called trans fatty acid) is created when vegetable oils are hydrogenated. The process saturates the oil and produces trans fat. It also gives margarine its butter-like consistency.

    The National Academy of Science has reported that trans fat in food presents a significant health risk for coronary disease. Recent studies also show that trans fat increases the level of LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol"), while simultaneously lowering the level of HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol").

    Based on this research and the potential adverse effects of trans fat, the FDA requires nutritional labeling for the presence of trans fat in food products. Products that contain 0.5 g or more per serving are required to list the trans fat content. Small amounts of trans fat are naturally present in some dairy products, including butter. Challenge butter products contain less than 0.5 g per serving.

  • Do I need to cut butter fat for a healthier diet?

    We're constantly advised to cut the fat in our diets, but if you stay with the guideline of 10% of daily calories from saturated fat, there's no need to feel guilty about enjoying butter. It's often easier to think about how many grams of fat you're consuming in a day. For a 2000 calorie diet, an individual could consume 22 grams of fat (28 grams of butter) and stay within the guidelines.

    Moderation, as usual, is the key. If you want to "have your butter and eat is too" here's some suggestions for cutting other, often overlooked sources of fat in your diet.

    • Consume low or nonfat versions of dairy products such as milk, yogurt, sour cream, etc.
    • Substitute low or nonfat dairy products in recipes calling for higher fat versions.
    • Use low-fat cooking techniques such as steaming, broiling, grilling and baking.
  • Can I eat butter and keep my fat intake to 30% of my daily calorie intake?

    Current dietary guidelines suggest a total diet with a maximum of 30% of calories derived from fat. In a 2000-calorie diet, this means 65 grams of fat. A single pat or teaspoon of butter contains less than 4 grams of fat which represents approximately 6% of the daily value guideline.

  • Can butter be part of a low cholesterol diet?

    A teaspoon of butter contains only 10 milligrams of cholesterol, which is less than 4% of the maximum daily value guidline of 300 milligrams.

  • Does butter have more calories from fat than margarine?

    Measure for measure, butter and margarine have exactly the same number of calories and fat—approximately 35 calories and less than 4 grams of fat per single pat or teaspoon.

  • Is it healthier to eat whipped butter over stick or regular butter?

    Whipped butter has fewer calories, is lower in fat and cholesterol and has less sodium than regular butter. Therefore, if you consume the same quantity, by volume, of whipped butter, it can be beneficial to your health if you are trying to reduce your total caloric, cholesterol and sodium intake.