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TAMMYS128
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5/25/13 2:19 P

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I read an amazing tip somewhere on the internet for a particular butter-substitute: avocado! But it can only be used in limited situations. The other day I sliced up half an avocado and spread it over a slice of granary bread, instead of using butter for my turkey sandwich to take to work. The advantages: it adds an amazing texture and flavor to the sandwich, combined perfectly well with the turkey, and probably has more nutrients in it than butter! I'm not positive about the fat content, but I would guess that there was less fat in a half avocado? I know they are pretty fatty, though, but at least there's more nutrient value in those calories!

Other than that, I don't really think it's necessary to use a lot of butter for it to bring out flavor in meals. With many recipes I don't use the amount that's mentioned, usually a lot less and it still tastes good.

So I would say go for the real butter, in small quantities.

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5/23/13 4:59 P

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Im trying to eat more REAL foods with fewer items on the ingredient label. Butter qualifies, margarine and spreads do not.


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LADYIRISH317
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5/19/13 11:40 A

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Absolutely! Olive oil is heart-healthy And margarine and "spreads" have chemicals in them that are worse than anything in butter.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

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5/19/13 9:35 A

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My doctors orders are to ditch butter and use margarine because of an increased triglyceride level reading. Her instructions also say to use vegetable oils instead of olive oils and not to use coconut oil. I don't buy it. I get the saturated fat thing, but I don't really buy that either.

I think it's a better choice for me to use less butter and avoid things like margarine and vegetable oils and "spreads".


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SEATTLE58
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5/16/13 12:21 P

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Because of our dairy, we choose butter, but also because of good health. We like the real thing, but in moderation.

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JUDY1315
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2/28/13 10:24 P

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Real butter, along with oils & cooking spray. Sometimes butter in moderation is just not enough for what one is cooking.


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JENAE954
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2/6/13 1:15 P

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No butter, very limited substitutes.
Tummy doesn't like them.

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CHEFWITCH
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2/6/13 12:18 P

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Kayj76 - if you like the Smart Balance than continue to use it, there are no trans fats in it because it's geared to help people reduce heart disease and cholesterol. So while it's sold in the same section as margarine, Smart Balance isn't technically one at all.

I prefer butter for pretty much everything myself but I've tasted the Smart Balance olive oil spread and it's not bad for a slice of toast or a pat on steamed vegetables.

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1/6/13 8:34 A

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Only real butter for baking.

Keep swinging.

Keep praying.


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LADYIRISH317
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1/3/13 10:17 A

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You brought back memories. When I was a kid I loved toast spread with either cream cheese or sour cream.

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KAYJ76
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1/3/13 10:13 A

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Thanks, everyone! Good information and ideas (cream cheese..yum!).


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THINRONNA
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1/2/13 5:05 A

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I guess I am somewhere in between on this...I think use the butter when flavor is really important but maybe use the alternative when it is just a fat that you are needing like in baking. I tend not to use butter on bread but instead of using an spread like Smart Balance I use something else entirely...low fat cream cheese. I have kind of given up thinking that I need to put butter on bread and now that I am used to the cream cheese I really like it and it is way lower in calories.

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JENAE954
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1/1/13 12:57 P

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Switched to coconut oil. Love it!
I use it instead of the sprays.
Works much better without the chemicals.
If you haven't tried it do yourself a favor.

Jenae


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CHEFSOPHIE
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1/1/13 12:16 P

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I agree. I prefer butter, but limit my intake. I cook mostly with olive oil or canola oil.

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ROSEYONE
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1/1/13 12:16 P

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I agree with LadyIrish, go for the taste. Altering your eating habits is a lifelong change. Enjoy your food, in more natural and enjoyable ways.






LADYIRISH317
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1/1/13 11:28 A

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I don't agree that margerine is better for you. Trans fats are more dangerous than the fat in butter. Besides, they never taste or cook as well. I prefer smaller amounts of the "real thing."

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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KAYJ76
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1/1/13 11:26 A

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I don't know which way to go on this. I like both for different reasons. Butter is "real" (nothing added for my body to process). But Smart Balance (Low fat alternative) is "better" for me. Any thoughts/suggestions?


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