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The Truth about Butter vs. Margarine

Let's get down to the basics of what makes up margarine and butter. After learning the facts, which one do you think is the better spread? Discuss in the comments!
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  • I started to use extra virgin olive oil with rosemary/basil/or
    egano. It was hard switch as I grew up with both. But, I feel that I am making a healthier choice overall. - 10/18/2016 8:15:18 AM
  • I don't care for the taste/smell of butter. There is a difference. I don't use much of either one, so I go with margarine even though I know it's pitfalls. One small tub goes bad before I use it up unless I drop it on the floor, leave it out in 80 degree temps..etc. LOL
    - 5/27/2016 12:19:56 PM
  • Organic unsalted butter (from grass-fed cows if I can find it). - 4/27/2016 3:48:11 PM
  • I've used butter ever since I heard a Registered Dietitian say that margarine was one molecule away from plastic. That did it for me. - 4/26/2016 4:49:19 PM
  • Butter definitely. I changed back to butter because it is more natural. I use it sparingly and enjoy, knowing it is healthier than most margarines. - 4/26/2016 11:30:16 AM
  • Butter is better in all ways =] - 4/25/2016 11:41:42 PM
  • I've gone back to butter. Love the idea of cleaner eating. Olive oil is also a huge favorite in our home, Italian background on hubby's side. His mom was always using olive oil. - 3/19/2016 6:24:27 PM
    Butter. Always. Never margarine. - 3/18/2016 8:38:48 PM
  • This didnt say whether or not they were talking about butter from grass fed cows and hormone and antibiotic free or whether the cows are grain fed and full of hormones and antibiotics. If the butter has all the extras of hormones, and antibiotics it is not much healthier for you than the margarine.

    I had at one point started to loose weight and I was eating grass fed cow butter, avocados, raw coconut oil and I had increased it by quite a bit. I wish I had not gone through some tough times so quickly into my transformation because it knocked me off kilter. I am trying to get back to that way of eating. the high fat lowered my cholesterol, blood sugar went down, weight went down, and things were looking up. Then I had a lot of stressful things hit me and it was too hard to keep on my new path.

    I am getting back to it and Paleo recipes are pretty good in that way. - 2/4/2016 3:51:44 AM
  • I like Earth Balance Organic Whipped - has 9 grams of fat per 1 Tbsp serving, less than butter or other margarines (or Earth Balance's regular, non whipped variety). AND it is vegan. And Lactose free. And gluten free. And non-GMO. And there is nothing in it "I can't pronounce", or that I do not know what it is. Oh, and it tastes good. - 1/15/2016 4:28:05 PM
  • Butter prefer natural foods. Margarine has to many things I can't say. Plus my grandkids love to make butter - 8/13/2015 5:35:56 AM
  • I recently switched from margarine to butter but I only buy Kerry Gold butter. It is one of the few butters that comes from range free, antibiotic free fed cows. It is delicious. - 7/11/2015 5:31:45 AM
  • Butter all the way. Nom nom nom. - 11/5/2014 7:26:05 PM
  • We've switched to butter and no longer buy margarine because of the huge list of ingredients we can't pronounce, let alone understand the effects it has on our bodies! Our solution to lowering the amount of saturated fat is to soften the butter and blend it with olive oil to create a healthier, easier to spread butter. We usually use 1 part butter to 2 parts olive oil and store it in the refrigerator. It is easy to spread right out of the fridge! - 11/5/2014 12:05:31 PM
    You are both right... the brain needs carbs (which are converted to glucose in the intestines for energy) and fats in the source of specific fatty acids and lipids which is what makes it possible for transport of chemicals through the blood brain barrier (like pain medications).

    Anyway... arguing aside, I found a "split the difference" product called Melt that is really tasty. It is ghee (clarified butter) and palm, coconut and other non hydrogenated (NO trans fats)oils that is quick softening out of the fridge. It is buttery but has a slight coconut taste (that I like a lot) and is less calories and fat. It is also around the same price as butter. It also has plenty of good nutrients in it from all of the plant based oils that it was a good addition for the rare occasion I use butter on anything in my cooking. - 9/27/2014 1:39:49 AM