Butter, on the other hand, is not exposed to heat during processing so the healthy cis configuration remains in tact.
The fact that butter is a better or safer fat than margarine is a complete reversal of an erroneous dietary recommendation that has been promulgated for years.
The basis for lobbying for no government labeling requirements and regulation is that the American diet contains only 3-4% of total calories as trans fats. But animal studies have found gross cell abnormalities with diets of only 4.4% trans fats. Current government health recommendations, which ignore the disease producing effects of trans fats, are directly promoting disease.
A 1990 human study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that young healthy males showed elevated cholesterol levels and elevated LDL (bad cholesterol) when placed on a high trans fat diet for ONLY THREE WEEKS! [Mensink, et al. New England Journal of Medicine Vol 323. (1990) Pgs. 439-445.]
If those gentlemen continue that diet for very long they won't stay very healthy.