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Old 07-17-07, 12:00 PM   #1
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Butter substitute

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I'm currently using "Smart Beat" as a substitute for butter but I don't like how it needs high temperature to melt and it's clumpy. It taste ok but I'm just looking for something better. Any recommendations??
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Per tablespoon Smart Beat is 2g fat, 11g water. Olive Oil is 13g fat, therefore it has 5-6x the calories per 'serving' Can you use 5x less of it?

Smart Beat seems to have some trans fat in it. 0.3g/seving, so its listed at 0g on the nutri label, but most folks probably use more than one serving so the total trans fat can add up.
http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-C00001-01c224b.html

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I like Earth Balance (found at natural health food stores or in the organic section of your supermarket). It's solid at cold temps, so you have to let it warm up for spreading on toast, but you can bake and cook with it and it melts easily.

I also use lots of olive oil (good for the heart) and a moderate amount of butter. I don't bake with anything but butter, anything else is sacrilege!

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Smart Beat, Smart Balance, Earth Balance, they all seem to be part of the same parent company? Per Al's link Smart Beat didn't seem too bad (health wise).
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Smart Beat has trans fats, Earth Balance does not.
Smart Beat is designed a very low calorie spead achieved thru being made mainly of water.
Earth Balance is designed to be a 'better' fats spread, not a low calorie spread.
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For butter, i just use butter. The amount I use in a day is minimal, and nothing comes close in taste.
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yeah....what's wrong with butter again??
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yeah....what's wrong with butter again??
The main thing wrong with it? Americans eat way too much of it.

A little bit here and there isn't much of a problem. But, from www.drweil.com:

"Butter is the most saturated of all the animal fats and contains the most cholesterol of all animal fat - more than twice that of beef fat! For cardiovascular health, it is a good idea to minimize consumption of butter and other sources of butterfat: cream, ice cream and whole milk products. Check labels carefully for the percentage of fat in all of them."
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Try lard instead.
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FWIW, I live on this stuff:
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FWIW, I live on this stuff:
I love that stuff on my plain pasta+peas dish. Also on popcorn. It's not entirely fat free... and I may stop using it if they don't get rid of the hydrogenated oil. There's just no need for that!
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A little butter isn't going to hurt you.

For a spread, I like the tub stuff that has a little oil whipped into it - it's easier to spread so that you use less.
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The main thing wrong with it? Americans eat way too much of it.
lucky I'm not American.
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I like Earth Balance ...
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chek'd their website http://www.earthbalance.net/ for nutrition panel and ingredients info

no nutrition panel, just quickie possible ingredients listing, but no verified content.

"Non-GMO Ingredients: Expeller-Pressed Natural Oil Blend (palm fruit, soybean, canola seed and olive oils)"

Palm - quasi-doubtful stuff and a major reason for asian rain-deforestation
Soybean - already NOT - and anyone who claims 'Non-GMO' for any US produced soy (or other for that matter) is a lyin sack. There is NO way to verify either 'organic' or 'NON-GMO' for any US soy production - period!
Canola - AAACK! - check it out yourself...

olive oil - ok, but my guess is on the list for 'show' - way too expensive for this kinda stuff - I'd luv to see ingredient percentages...

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My last century involved five of these. Good stuff.
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How bad is butter when compared to cigars?
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try almond butter.
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How bad is butter when compared to cigars?
lol...and Makers Mark?
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