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Salted butter vs. unsalted butter – which is healthier?

Dr Tejender explains why unsalted butter is better than salted butter and ways to use it in a healthy way.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Updated : May 26, 2016 10:37 AM IST

Every time I apply butter on bread, I always wonder whether the salted butter is better than the unsalted one. And undoubtedly salted butter wins for me for the taste and easy availability. Of course, unsalted butter is any day better as it might help you to lose weight. According to Dr Tejender Kaur Sarna, Nutritionist and Lifestyle Coach, unsalted butter is better than salted butter as the latter is loaded with salt, which might increase your overall sodium intake when eaten in excess.

Why unsalted butter is healthier than salted

Butter, commonly known as makkhan, is a pure form of animal fat as it is prepared at home and fresh. Adding one teaspoon of butter in the diet is highly recommended as it is rich in antioxidants and contains carotene, vitamin A. In fact, lining rotis or parathas with butter or adding a teaspoon in hot rice is enough for reaping its health benefits.

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Whereas in case of salted butter, salt is added to butter to increase its shelf life as salt is a natural preservative. However, when had in excess, it might increase your caloric intake, sodium level in the body and also put you at risk of high cholesterol due to the presence e of saturated fats. Hence, eating salted butter in excess might increase your risk of hypertension and obesity. Also read about desi ghee vs. vanaspati ghee which is healthier?

Here are few tips to keep in mind, if you eat butter very often.

The first and foremost thing to keep in mind is that one should avoid eating butter on a daily basis, especially the unsalted one.

Always ensure to use butter in controlled quantity while preparing cookies, curries or applying it on bread or rotis.

If you are using it to line bread or paratha, make sure you use only teaspoon of butter and not more than that.

Never line bread when it is hot as it might absorb or soak more butter than when applied when both the ingredients (butter and bread) are at room temperature.

The next time you go shopping for butter, make sure to check the nutrient information and ingredients and opt for the unsalted one.

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