Could Butter Be Better for You Than Cooking Spray?

When it comes to healthy food choices, you may be surprised at what you should eat and why.

When you’re trying to eat healthy, fat-free is best, right? Not necessarily.

A recent Time article, “Eat Butter – Ending the War on Fat,” said new research shows that fat, long vilified as the unhealthiest part of our diets, is not to blame for Americans becoming sicker and fatter. Instead, carbs, sugar and processed foods are the big culprits when it comes to diabetes, obesity and other weight-related illnesses, Time said.

Given a choice of two foods, do you think you could pick the healthier option? Check out Time’s food quiz and find out.

When it comes to consuming real butter or a spray-on fake butter, Time said:

Serving size for spray butters (even low-calorie ones) are around a 1/3 second spray. What on earth does that mean? You’re better off using a small amount of real butter as opposed to guessing how much you’re using of the mystery melange of up to 20 ingredients.

According to Shape magazine, oftentimes when Americans attempt to eliminate fat from their diets, refined carbohydrates take center state.

We didn’t replace fat with fruits and veggies, but rather “fat-free” products and sugary carbs, not high-fiber ones. For some reason Americans believed that if it said “fat-free” on the label, then it was “calorie-free”; obviously that’s not the case.

Time’s message seems clear: Don’t run from fats.

Does this give you free rein to eat a half gallon of ice cream? Obviously, no. Common sense should prevail here.

Moderation is key, according to Shape:

“Eat more fat” is not the correct message. One serving of butter on my potato is not the same as a stick. If only everyone could focus on eating a variety of whole foods that include fruits, veggies, 100 percent whole grains, dairy, and nuts, and watch their portion sizes, then I think positive change could really happen.

Did the answers to Time’s healthy foods quiz surprise you? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

Read Next: Take a Few Minutes Now to Save Yourself $1,000 at Tax Time

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,495 more deals!