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2008/01/14 17:34:47 (permalink)

Real Butter vs. What margarine

I love real butter but only use it on special occasions, not because of cost or health reasons, it's just too hard to work with if not real soft. I always use "I Can't Believe It's Not Real Butter" day to day, anything better out there.? I don't like sticks of any kind.
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    thediningroom
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 17:40:26 (permalink)
    No "I Can't Believe It's Not Real Butter" is the best!!
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 18:03:50 (permalink)
    For years I preferred "I Can't Believe..." but then I tried "Smart Balance" (with the dark green stripe at the top). Now I'm sold on it. My first preference is for real butter (salted or not), but for health reasons I try to eat mostly the Smart Balance. Btw anything in a stick form can be easily softened in the microwave for 10 seconds.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 18:04:36 (permalink)
    IMO nothing beats a stick of real butter. We use whipped butter most of the time but every now and then I want the real McCoy.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 18:05:19 (permalink)
    I've grown to like Smart Balance very much. Read the label. Most important, it tastes very good. My son-in-law, an avowed butter-only guy, was given a slice of bread with Smart Balance. He took a bite and said to his wife "Wow, this is delicious butter. What kind is it?" I suggest you try it.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 18:05:59 (permalink)
    Personally, I prefer real butter. I use it it almost every day.

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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 18:07:04 (permalink)

    Here's another vote for Smart Balance.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 18:23:27 (permalink)
    Day to day I use Smart balance.
    I use whole butter on special occasions
    only. BP. 110 over 70. I won't go back
    to what it was. Good things in moderation.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 18:35:53 (permalink)
    I only use smart balance for everyday stuff like toast etc for my baking cookies cakes etc I use real butter only :)
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 18:38:51 (permalink)
    We use "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" as our everyday spread but I keep Plugra butter on hand for special uses. It is delicious, lasts quite well and satisfies our need for the real deal. On the other hand, the margarine we use is also tasty and satisfying, but as I said, for special things, I really prefer what most chefs prefer, Plugra. I think I read once where Lleechef spoke of the use of Plugra. May be wrong but at least I know I've read that chefs like Plugra.

    Donna

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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 19:05:22 (permalink)
    Nothing but Tillamook butter in this house. Margarine smells and tastes rancid to me.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 19:21:01 (permalink)
    My doctor wants me to eat Smart Balance, but it is twice the price of "I Can't Believe" so me being very frugal will choose the less expensive.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 19:28:42 (permalink)
    I prefer Brummel and Brown when not using butter.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 19:35:07 (permalink)
    Real butter every time.

    Margarine manufacturers have been making goofy claims since margarine was invented. Now that they have had to reformulate and take out all that trans-fat they have been feeding the public for several decades, they are making outlandish claims.

    Butter spreads quite nicely if you take it out of the refrigerator beforehand and let it get to room temperature. It will not go bad, butter is quite stable. This is something your grandparents knew before refrigeration was invented.

    I reckon you pays your money and takes your choice. Do you want a natural product that has fed humanity forever or do you trust the advertising hoopla of multi-national corporations with a short and poor track record?
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 19:50:33 (permalink)
    I trust the advertising hoopla of multi-national corporations over the specious claims by real cows.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 20:06:41 (permalink)
    Mr. Hoffman,

    You really made me laugh out loud. I believe you were joking, you are just too sensible not to be joking, I hope
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 20:11:56 (permalink)
    Well, there are cows on the Brummel and Brown label. Still, I am mired in udder disbelief at the suggestion that butter is better than margerine.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 20:28:22 (permalink)
    Smart Balance in no way compares in taste to real butter. We have both in our house. Smart Balance might get buried under peanut butter but never on my pancakes.
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    ann peeples
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 20:58:09 (permalink)
    Bob just had his cholesterol levels taken-horribly high.While we love butter, we have had to switch to Smart Balance and Promise.Crap compared to the real thing...
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 21:52:34 (permalink)
    Greyghost nailed it.

    Real butter every time.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 23:25:06 (permalink)
    real butter for 90% of my cooking that I need butter...mmm butter & bacon grease
    I use Country Crock w/ calcium (tub)for toast etc.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 23:30:47 (permalink)
    I use Smart Balance Omega Plus (not the regular Smart Balance--this comes in smaller tubs, costs more and has a blue label) for most things. It tastes pretty good to me, contains no trans fats and little saturated fat and also contains both plant sterols ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytosterol ) and omega 3 fatty acids. In other words, it's actually good for you.



    For certain limited uses like some frying, I use ghee (clarified butter) purchased from an Indian market.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 23:40:28 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Davydd

    Smart Balance in no way compares in taste to real butter. We have both in our house. Smart Balance might get buried under peanut butter but never on my pancakes.


    You're right--it's not as good as good butter. But it's close enough that I'd much rather spare my arteries with this minor taste compromise. In fact, I'd say it is better than some poor quality butter and that's good enough for me.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 23:49:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Greyghost

    Real butter every time.

    Margarine manufacturers have been making goofy claims since margarine was invented. Now that they have had to reformulate and take out all that trans-fat they have been feeding the public for several decades, they are making outlandish claims . . . .

    I reckon you pays your money and takes your choice. Do you want a natural product that has fed humanity forever or do you trust the advertising hoopla of multi-national corporations with a short and poor track record?


    Junk science, ghost. There's actually plenty of independent research that says

    - Trans fat is bad for you, worse even than saturated fat (found in butter) which is also bad for you

    - Plant sterols (as found in some margarines) are good for you--they block cholesterol absorption and may do other positive things we are less sure about

    - Omega 3 fats (also found in some margarines) are very good for most people (except those with bleeding disorders or otherwise at risk from bleeding since in large amounts they can have an anti-clotting effect)

    Lead is a "natural product". So is arsenic. I might take a chance on a diet heavy in butterfat if I were a yak herder on the Asian steppe, burning the calories that that lifestyle would require, but I'm not.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/14 23:59:03 (permalink)
    Land of Lakes Spreadable Butter - real butter with some canola oil mixed in to make it spreadable. Real butter taste but spreadable, may be a little healthier but probably not enough to try and quantify.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/15 00:22:15 (permalink)
    Liked your last post BT, somewhere along the line in my Roadfood posts I got the idea you are an MD and I certainly respect your detailed knowledge I am sure it is scientifically correct.

    Personally, I will keep to butter as for me it is an infrequent affair and just tastes better.
    Forgive me if I do not trust agri-biz and all they sell. I am not sold yet.

    I do wonder where a hungry corporation would go for cheap ingredients though. China maybe? Of course there are no lead or arsenic concerns there.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/15 00:27:46 (permalink)
    I do wonder where a hungry corporation would go for cheap ingredients though. China maybe? Of course there are no lead or arsenic concerns there.

    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!
    Thats what I'm talking about.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/15 05:57:46 (permalink)
    Nothing, nothing compares to real butter...Smart Balance is nothing but colored lard.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/15 06:57:13 (permalink)
    Another vote for Smart Balance. Of course for holiday baking it has to be good quality unsalted butter.
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    RE: Real Butter vs. What margarine 2008/01/15 07:09:52 (permalink)
    For breakfast toast, biscuits, English Muffins, etc. I like to use the Land of Lakes Spreadable Butter also. It is butter blended with canola oil and it is easier with
    a soft spread to use less of it than a stick of cold butter. There is a light version
    too.
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