One small knob of butter contains about 75 calories and 8g of cholesterol-raising saturated fat – almost half a woman’s recommended daily allowance of 20g. Ghee, used in cooking from the Indian subcontinent, is also high in saturated fat.
Although they are also high in calories, sunflower oil and olive oil contain healthier polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. If your budget allows, the very best option is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is popular in Mediterranean diets – and goes some way to explain why they live to ripe old ages!
If you can’t resist butter, keep it at room temperature because it’s easier to spread and you’ll use less. Or else buy a spreadable version, which contains oil to make it softer.