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    Butter vs margarine

    I usually don't use butter or a lot of it because of the fat content but as of some of you guys know I started to eat sweet potatoes.

    I bought and used Smart Balance margarine? anyways, I read that its healthier than butter but after reading up on it, it is considered margarine.

    Whats the pros and cons of using butter or margarine?

    what do you guys use?
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    Butters better!!

    What else do you need to know.

    OK, OK, see, http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/index.html

    I'm not claiming that its an unbiased view.

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    butter is far better

    margarine is a chemical glop. butter is churned milk. what would you rather eat ?

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    If you don't think butter makes everything better, go see...

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    Only real butter for me!!! Tastes so much better!!!

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    Eat food, not food products. Nine out of ten of my meals are vegan (and the remaining and occasional one has a very modest amount of dairy), and I have no problem strongly urging you to eat butter rather than margarine.

    Regardless of whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or obligate carnivore, you're in real trouble if you're not eating food that was grown from a plant or given by an animals as opposed to fabricated at a plant or concocted by a chemist. To quote someone far smarter than I:

    "As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." ~Joan Gussow

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    Thanks for the heads up.
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    Most margarines (not all) are partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. This means the oils have been exposed to extreme heat, steam , and a catalysts such as nickel or platinum which causes one of the the carbon - carbon bond becomes to become a single carbon bond and an additional hydrogen atom is picked up. Translated into plainer english...it creates Trans-fats. Some of the newer tub margarines claim not to be treated this way and therefore have far less trans-fats. Trans-fats are bad news as far as blood lipid profile and also not good for the structure of cell walls.

    Personally, I'd rather have real butter and not worry about Trans-fats so much (although they do occur in natural butter, just not as much as in margarine)
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    Butter is tasty. And often natural as can be.
    Most margarines are worse. Some are truly awful. There is, however, a newer generation of margarines (buttery spread, if you will) that are comprised of fairly healthy ingredients.

    My advice: learn to read the labels yourself and separate your food from politics. It'll make for a better decision for your needs.
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    Health wise, I don't think there's a lot of difference between butter and margarine. I prefer butter because it tastes better and therefore I use a little less.

    I like the kind that is cut with canola oil so that it spreads easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericgu View Post
    Health wise, I don't think there's a lot of difference between butter and margarine. I prefer butter because it tastes better and therefore I use a little less.

    I like the kind that is cut with canola oil so that it spreads easier.
    There's a huge spectrum of various blends in your average supermarket. Statements like these only fortify the point that it pays to read labels and learn what they mean.
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    Anyone else use the zero calorie spray butters?

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    Thinner is better?

    After my heart surgery, I went to a nutritionist and they were touting spray margarine. They said that margarine is oil and the thicker the margarine, the more oil it took to make it, so thinner is better; spray is best..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blade-Runner View Post
    Anyone else use the zero calorie spray butters?
    Those aren't really zero-calories. They're typically hydrogenated soy-bean oil and contains the same 9-calories per gram as any other fat. However, the label is misleading because it says "calories per spray". Well... since each spray contains less than 0.054gm of oil, that's less than 0.49-calories per spray and they round down to 0 calories. Better way to look at it is that 100gm bottle still has 900-calories just like the same weight butter or margarine. Or about the same as an entire 2-liters of soda.

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    well.... AHhahahahash

    I guess i'll skip the butter & margarine and start eating lard on my bread and potatoes.

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    Butter, I just use less of it

    But for a spread on toast I really like a little olive oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derath View Post
    Butter, I just use less of it

    But for a spread on toast I really like a little olive oil.

    -D
    +1

    olive oil infused with some herbs on italian bread, absolute heaven.

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    You know, olive oil is a fat too. Fat is fat, even though some oils like olive oil are better than others. But if the goal of avoiding butter is because of the fat, then think again, because olive oil is just as fat as butter is. The one strike against butter is that it's animal fat, and so, it does have cholesterol, which oils like olive don't. Margarine is just as fat as butter is, but because it's vegetable, it has no cholesterol. However, unlike butter, it's really a totally artificial product. I prefer a little butter when butter is called for, and olive oil for almost everything else that requires a bit of oil. A little bit of butter isn't going to affect anything - as long as you don't overdo it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longfemur View Post
    You know, olive oil is a fat too. Fat is fat, even though some oils like olive oil are better than others. But if the goal of avoiding butter is because of the fat, then think again, because olive oil is just as fat as butter is. The one strike against butter is that it's animal fat, and so, it does have cholesterol, which oils like olive don't. Margarine is just as fat as butter is, but because it's vegetable, it has no cholesterol. However, unlike butter, it's really a totally artificial product. I prefer a little butter when butter is called for, and olive oil for almost everything else that requires a bit of oil. A little bit of butter isn't going to affect anything - as long as you don't overdo it.
    There are vastly different reactions that occur in the body based on the fat consumed. Sure all of them have approximately 9Kcals/gram if that's all your worried about. But to say fat is fat is to ignore basic biochemistry. Olive oil does not effect cholesterol, butter does since it contains a large portion of saturated fat.

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    I use one heaping scoop of butter and one large scoop of marshmallow on my baked sweet potato once a year. It's so good I really don't eat anything else on Thanksgiving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blade-Runner View Post
    Anyone else use the zero calorie spray butters?
    YES!
    i've been reading this forum since the beginning so i'm going to keep reading but i hope i dont hear anything bad about my spray butter...sooooo good.
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    Sweet potatoes? I like and use butter, but sweet potatoes get eaten as-is. No butter or marshmallow needed.

    Ok, I do put a bit of olive oil on the skin before I cook them...just enough to keep them nice in the oven. Butter might make them a little better, but they are tasty either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenwk View Post
    YES!
    i've been reading this forum since the beginning so i'm going to keep reading but i hope i dont hear anything bad about my spray butter...sooooo good.
    Spray Butter is sooooo good????

    Man NOW I've heard it all.

    I mean what rates as "sooooo good".


    French grass fed butter. Its deffinitely up there. Lard is way up there on the "soooooo good" stakes even though no one wants to admit it. I mean, we all know that its bad for you (actaly I don't) but you knew you were sacrificing something in giving it up. Good Italian and Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oils are up there and Duck fat. Duck fat has a Serious "sooooo good" factor.

    OK so you will give ALL this up for Spray Butter!


    Man, are you OFF YOUR TREE!!!!! You've given all that up for hydrogenated soy bean oil. Before you give in to the devil you need to try some real food.

    You young man NEED a good feed!

    Regards, Anthony

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    I have never heard of butter and mm, unless I am missing the sarcasm.
    Only Cdn pure maple syrup for me.

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