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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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  • 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
  • I use both, but prefer butter, but margarine is much cheaper.
    Oh and to the person who said our brains need fat to function WRONG!! Our brains need Carbs, not fat! - 5/22/2014 11:12:57 AM
  • A little bit of butter is better . . . We switched back to butter decades ago when I learned that fewer ingredients, especially ones that you can read and understand, leads to a better diet. - 5/18/2014 1:44:12 AM
  • For me, Butter. I am allergic to magarine. - 5/15/2014 2:19:14 PM
    We have switched back to butter but I also have a low fat no transfat spread that we use sparingly. - 5/13/2014 10:20:45 PM
  • I use butter, the flavor can't be beat in cooking or just on toast, but I do not go over board and put tons on anything. Besides I don't want to put my cows out of business lol! For a liquid oil, olive oil has always been the main oil in my cooking or tossing salad or dipping bread. - 5/12/2014 11:58:44 PM
  • I have switched back to butter. I don't trust a product that has so many ingredients on the label, and margarine is ridiculous. Butter and olive oil is the way to go. - 5/10/2014 8:16:16 AM
  • I haven't purchased margarine in so long, I've forgotten what it is. My doctor told me a few years ago to stick with the natural (butter). - 5/9/2014 8:28:00 PM
  • I feel better avoiding processed foods. Using butter sparingly and combining it with olive oil, gives me the flavor I want. At this point ... I don't trust food labels on Processed foods because they can post 0% transfat if less than a certain amt per they play games and decrease the serving size to sell more product as no trans fat. - 5/9/2014 12:46:56 PM