Butter is animal fat. While it doesn't contain as much trans fats as some butter replacements, it also isn't a "healthy fat" for your body. Think plant-based fats for health - like nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil. Also fish oil.
But not dairy. Dairy is fine and healthy of itself, but dairy fat is not one of the "healthy fats" and should be managed sensibly.
real butter all the way. your body needs healthy fats to burn fat. Butter is one of the healthier fats. That being said, I don't use it everyday especially since I don't cook nor do i eat any kind of bread. But I don't trust the sprays and absolutely nothing with canola oil or fake substances will ever find their way into my house-- off my soapbox now.
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2,045 1/24/13 8:47 A
I use real butter for baking. I use Land O Lake's "Light Butter with Canola oil" for every day uses, like bread.
I do also have a bottle of the ICBINB spray. I like to use it on my popcorn, because I think it distributes better than pouring melted butter right on.
If you like it, use it. If you don't (and are only using it for the low calories) then use real butter (or whichever substitute you DO like) and make cuts elsewhere.
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1/23/13 8:49 P
I laugh every time I read the rule, "if you can't pronounce it, don't eat it." I'm a pharmacist, so I've been taught to pronounce all those chemical additive names. I need a different rule!
For baking or on something where I really want to enjoy the taste (fresh bread, corn on the cob), I use butter. I will use the spray on vegetables, potatoes, toast when I'm adding jam, microwaved scrambled egg (to moisten the dish), that kind of thing.
It's true that laboratory food additives are scary in foods and should be avoided. But IMO, you have to be careful with using your ability to pronounce a word as a guide to whether it should be eaten or not. I can pronounce "lard" but I'm not going to eat it. On the other hand, if you knew you were eating sulforaphane, a molecule within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds, would you be horrified? Probably, but that's the cancer-fighting chemical in kale and broccoli.
You can do so much better than fake butter. Olive oil, at the very least.
1/23/13 3:21 P
You could also consider getting one of those "olive oil misters" - this gives you the same ability to spray a very-light-serving (that would be labelled "Zero Calories" on a commercial food product), but without aerosol propellants or other mystery ingredients.
(obviously this won't work with butter, but a good flavourful olive oil is a good substitute for butter in many applications)
For butter flavour though, nothing beats actual butter. I would rather measure out 1 tsp of butter and then figure out how to apply it, than to try and simulate the butter experience with salted soya oil.
Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 1/23/2013 (15:24)
1/23/13 3:14 P
My initial reaction to the words "butter spray" is ewww!
If I were you, I'd go back to real butter and just find a way to use it sparingly.
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1/23/13 3:11 P
I totally agree with Rusell, if you cant Pronouce the ingredients, then you are putting something you dont know in your body. I grill and bake everything with Grapeseed Oil from the online Wildtree Products, which are all natural. You can also get the oil at local stores, and big lots.
1/23/13 3:04 P
I've had no problems with it.
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Like someone else said, it's just as safe as any other processed food out there. It's a matter of personal preference. I'd rather have real butter over low-calorie margarine or sprays.
Why don't you look up those long unpronounceable names, and see what they are. My butter has cream, and salt.. two ingredients. Both pronounceable. If I want to cut fat, or calories, I just eat less of it.
Safe isn't arbitrary. You can't decide something is safe. Trust me, there will be information on the web about every ingredient. Check the sources, and double check them. I make it a rule to not eat anything I can't pronounce. My opinion is that these " foods " made in laboratories have a secret ingredient.. cancer. Also that anything that is made for your eating convenience is something to be wary of.
I think this kind of stuff is more of a personal opinion as far as whether it is 'safe'. There are so many studies for and against soy, and other ingredients, it's generally best to do some research and decide for yourself. Personally, I am trying to eat more cleanly. So, if it has ingredients that I wouldn't just go to the store to buy and cook with (ie, rice - ok. celery - ok. milk - ok. something i can't pronounce or don't recognize - probably not something I would end up buying. ) Hope that makes sense! There are plenty of posts about different food items, and ingredients, if you want to see others' opinions on specific things.
As safe as any other processed food items on the market.
And it's not 0 calories.
If the calories "per serve" are under 5, then a product is allowed to claim it is "0 calories". However, if the serving size is small (eg one 1-second push), then you might find you're having 3-4 "servings" each time you use it. If you're using it 6 times a day that could add up to a hundred extra calories you're not tracking!
So go ahead and use it, but remember to use it sparingly. It's still "buterry" and full of oils and fats that have very high calorie content, even though they're allowed to say "0 calorie" on the label.
So I'm trying to cut out butter and mayonnaise from my diet. I got this spray I can't believe it's not real butter that is 0 calories and 0 everything else. It's says its made of soy and a few other long non-pronounceable names so, it has me wondering how safe is it??
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