Q: I was recently told that margarine may not be a healthy choice and I should consider having butter instead. Is this true?

One extremely simple and effective way to check if a particular product is good for you and your family is to turn the pack around and read through the ingredient list. Make this a practice and your body will thank you for it.

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Margarine will usually contain hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated oil, both of which are nothing but trans fats that your body cannot process. It’s the type of fat that is strongly linked to heart disease, metabolic derangement and also causes a disrupted lipid profile – in other words high blood cholesterol levels.

Margarine is not found in nature and is highly processed. When you have healthier and nutritious options such as virgin coconut oil, clarified butter (ghee) or pasteurised grass-fed butter, there is no need to rely on margarine.

All of the other options are great for hormonal health and have a positive effect on your body. Remember, you are what you eat, so don’t eat fake, cheap or fast.

Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.