I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is a popular light and “healthy” alternative to traditional butter. It promises a rich, buttery taste, without all of the fat! But is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter healthy? Well, what this product lacks in calories, it makes up for in unhealthy oils.
Read on to learn about the implications of choosing the popular margarine over butter.
Is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Healthy?
In order to cut down the fat content, products like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is made with unhealthy oils such as soybean. Soybean oil is high inomega-6 fatty acids, making it a highly inflammatory oil. Consumption of inflammatory oils can worsen pre-existing health conditions, weaken the immune system, and make you more susceptible to other diseases (including cancer). 
Marketing for these “light” alternatives makes them seem like they are truly the healthier version. Coincidentally, it is advertised that I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter contains more omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) than traditional butter, but nowhere is it mentioned that it has more omega-6 fatty acids as well!
The Not-Scientifically-Supported Claims Behind I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
This company not only markets the product as a healthy alternative but advertisements claims that soybean oil might help reduce the risk of heart disease.
“Contains 295 mg of omega-3 ALA per 1 tablespoon serving (18% of the 1.6g daily value)** Supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 ½ tablespoons (20.5g) daily of soybean oil, which contains unsaturated fat, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”
Maintaining a low omega-6: omega-3 ratio is important to reduce consumption of foods high in omega-6 fatty acids. This includes foods with oils such as soybean oil,canola oil, and vegetable.
Additionally, it is also important not to heat oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids. High temperatures and repeated heating of these oils can lead to oxidation. Oxidation can lead to inflammation, oxidative damage, and has been suspected as a culprit behind coronary heart disease. For cooking, instead choosehealthy keto-friendly oilslikecoconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil.  It’s best to avoid margarine or any other butter substitute. Instead, stick to pure butter.
Do You Eat I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter?
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