Is Vegan Butter Healthy?
As the world shifts towards more plant-based living, more and more vegan alternatives to dairy-based substitutes have been showing up in our supermarket shelves. But is vegan butter actually healthy?
Whether you’re making the switch for health or environmental reasons, or just because nature’s pantry is already so big, you might have some questions surrounding plant-based alternatives. Today we’re looking at whether vegan butter is actually healthy.
What is vegan butter?
Traditionally, dairy-based butter is made from churning cow’s milk to separate the butterfat from the buttermilk, so that the fat can then be collected and turned into butter.
Plant-based butter isn’t that different a concept. Virtually any type of plant oil can do the same – think olive, avocado or even almond. The oil is often fortified with vitamins and minerals too. Read more about the process of making vegan butter here.
Is vegan butter healthy?
Vegan butter is generally lower in saturated fat because it doesn’t contain any animal products, as well as typically being higher in monosaturated fats that keep our heart healthy. If they’re fortified with added minerals and vitamins then all the better too!
Whilst vegan butter might not reach the territory of a ‘health food’ it can be said that it’s a healthier option than a dairy butter and should be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.
Our favourite vegan butter
Discover what we thought of the leading ranges of vegan butter on the market here. Spoiler alert: our favourite is Flora Dairy Free Butter!
Keep your plant-based and health-related questions coming our way in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them for you.
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.