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post #21 of 110
Mmmmmm....butter!
post #22 of 110
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Originally Posted by catnip View Post
IMO, neither one is good for you, and either should be used in small enough quantities to make little to no difference.

But I'm vegan and a believer in a low fat diet high in unrefined carbohydrates, which is what works best for me.
ditto.
Glad to see someone singin' my song on this one.
post #23 of 110
A body needs fat. Fat is very important. There are so many health issues that relate to low/no fat diets. Cells need fat.

That said butter is by far better then earth balance. If you are vegan then coconut oil is the better choice. Butter and coconut oil are both at the top of my fat list.

Fat has gotten a bad rap. It really is important to a healthy body, and proper cell function.
post #24 of 110
All whole foods contain fat (oatmeal derives 16% of its calories from fat, for example, and kale 12%, avocado 77%, brown rice 7%) so adding a concentrated source that doesn't exist in nature like oils that have been extracted from plants or butter that has been processed from cow's milk isn't completely necessary. Whole (plant) food sources of fat come with all the fiber and phytochemicals nature intended it to come with and are far healthier, imo, than any other source of fat.
post #25 of 110
If you knew how they made margarine and other "fake" butter products...you would be very grossed out. :Puke
post #26 of 110
Are we allowed to post links?
http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/index.html

I'll remove it if not....

BUTTER all the way, fat is a wonderful thing for your body. My sons can't do casein, at least A1 casein, so I get pure butter oil or make it. It's like ghee.
post #27 of 110
WAPF is very pro-butter, pro-animal fat, but that is the only source I've seen that says butter is a health food (besides sources that use WAPF as a reference). Anyone have any non-WAPF sources on the health benefits of butter? And not ones that show butter is better than margarine but sources that say butter is healthy in and of itself.
post #28 of 110
Well the pregnancy diet given to me by my midwife insists on several pats of butter per day. As does that other one (the high protein one, what's it called?). I'm guessing there's a reason.

I think butter is not healthy or unhealthy. It's food. I don't believe in breaking down food into good or evil (as long as its real food, and not chemicals masquerading as food). It's natural enough for me, I often make it in my stand mixer from organic cream. If you're heritage is a non-dairy part of the world, ghee (clarified butter, which removes the milk proteins, allowed to resolidify) may be healthier. If you're heritage is a dairy part of the world and you tolerate dairy protein well, I think butter is find and good in moderation, just like any other real food part of the diet. I would *not* eat smart balance or earth balance or any other human-created fake "food."
post #29 of 110
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Originally Posted by Astoria View Post
Well the pregnancy diet given to me by my midwife insists on several pats of butter per day. As does that other one (the high protein one, what's it called?). I'm guessing there's a reason.
I'd like to know what the reason is, though, just for my own personal knowledge. If butter is really healthy as determined by many independent credible sources, I'd like to know this. I'm always trying to gather information on nutrition - it's a hobby of mine.

I agree that butter substitutes aren't good at all, hydrogenated or not. No argument there.
post #30 of 110
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Originally Posted by Shaina View Post
butter if you are going to be using margarine use organic earth balance and not smart balance
Why? Is Smart balance a margarine? I really don't know? I just figured it was better than I was buying. I was off to buy smart balance mayonaise. Now I don't know. Please help!
post #31 of 110
Smart Balance has conventional soy products, which are usually GMO. I'd still pick it over conventional butter, which is from cows fed GMO food and given who knows what chemical crap, and my feeling is that the bad stuff concentrates at the top of the food chain. It is not hydrogenated, but a mix of naturally solid vegetable oils with liquid oils along with emulsifiers.

Earth Balance is labeled that it is GMO free, and the organic Earth Balance is better yet. That's what we use in our house, but we don't use much. I cook with olive oil, mostly. We have about a teaspoon of EB every morning on toast, and then a couple of tablespoons once a week or so on popcorn.
post #32 of 110
If you ever get a chance to try Kerrygold butter, it's AWESOME! Imported from Ireland, and expensive, but well worth the cost.
post #33 of 110
The organic Smart Balance has more than 2 grams of omega-6 fatty acids per tablespoon. It has some omega-3, but not enough to compensate.

We use tons of KerryGold butter every day. Trader Joe's has the best price usually.
post #34 of 110
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Originally Posted by Cutie Patootie View Post
If you knew how they made margarine and other "fake" butter products...you would be very grossed out. :Puke
Ditto if you knew what happened to dairy cows and their babies.

I'm with lemongrass on this one.
post #35 of 110
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Originally Posted by littleaugustbaby View Post
Ditto if you knew what happened to dairy cows and their babies.

I'm with lemongrass on this one.
Not the cows that provide the cream that I make our butter from. It comes back down again to the source, yet again. Personally, I wouldn't eat US commercially made butter any more than I would eat margarine, organic or not.
post #36 of 110
If you eat decent butter from cows allowed to graze, it's naturally high in vitamins A and D.
post #37 of 110
I'm a butter-is-better believer. I still think it's a super-moderation food, but food it is.

Now, let's say you're trying to improve the contents of your fridge and cupboard and you've decided Blue Bonnet is definitely out. You've got a very non-interested and change-resistant husband who wants Pop Tarts for breakfast but will settle for buttered toast. Butter, however, is too hard to spread on toast in the morning. He won't bother with setting out enough butter for himself the night before and if you have to do one more thing at night before bed, you'll run away.

What do you do?

I'll tell you what I've done - I bought Smart Balance. It has got to be better than two chocolate fudge Pop Tarts every morning before work. If I want to improve on that, what's the next baby step? Stop allowing him to eat? (This option will not be entirely ruled out.)

Rant starts here:

Some of you might think about suggesting nut butters or honey or anything that resembles real food. We're talking about a man who thought spaghetti (noodles with ground beef and jarred sauce) was GROSS and why would you go to all that work when you can just OPEN A CAN? When we shop for food together, he all but does a victory dance around the cart after he tosses in a tub of Skippy. Food does not live in the outer edges of the supermarket. It resides deep in the heart of plastic bags and cardboard boxes and aluminum cans.

/rant
post #38 of 110
((Hugs)) chellemarie. I hear you. Baby steps. My dh is not really like that on food issues, but I can see similarities.

But lol about the running away and not being able to spread it on his toast!! That would deter dh too(-;

Jessica (who has been lurking and learning-- I just am not so sure I want to give up my cream on our raw milk for butter, I really enjoy that cream in my milk)
post #39 of 110
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Originally Posted by jessjgh1 View Post
Jessica (who has been lurking and learning-- I just am not so sure I want to give up my cream on our raw milk for butter, I really enjoy that cream in my milk)
I never use the cream from my raw milk to make butter, I get raw cream from the same farm I have my milk shares. Is this not an option for you?
post #40 of 110
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Originally Posted by chellemarie View Post
Butter, however, is too hard to spread on toast in the morning. He won't bother with setting out enough butter for himself the night before and if you have to do one more thing at night before bed, you'll run away.
Try this. At least you know exactly what is in it, and it is marvelously spreadable, so much so that you can use less because it spreads out better. This is what I used before I went vegan.

Better Butter

1 cup safflower, corn, or soy oil (or light olive oil, canola oil, or other light oils)
1 cup butter, soft but not melted
2 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. dried skim milk
1/4 tsp. lecithin
1/2 tsp. salt

Dissolve salt in water in blender. Add all other ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into containers and store in fridge
From: Laurel's Kitchen by Laurel Robertson
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