Butter or Margarine.............

By Goddess Latest Reply 2012-12-29 12:27:26 -0600
Started 2009-03-17 22:34:20 -0500

Which is better to use? Any special brand?

35 replies

DJ 2009-05-28 08:47:23 -0500 Report

I have been told the same thing as "Legs",that Margarine is "One molecule short of being plastic".
I was brought up on homemade butter,and never even tried margarine until I left home…and after trying it,decided it was not for me..tasted oily and just nasty.
In our home we have never had anything but butter and I can't imagine eating anything else. I do not use alot of it at any rate and that is simply put, a taste that I never want to be with-out.
I bake with butter,cook with butter and try to use it as with everything else in moderation..When we eat out,I request butter on the side when possible, and I ask that they not use margarine when making my food.
I can not see that a couple talb. of butter a day can be harmful …but eating something that is almost plastic??ummmm…How good can that be??
That is simply my take on the "Butter Vs Margarine" issue.
Oh, and in our House we use a goats milk derived product called "Canus"..they make a product line made from goats milk that includes Hand cream,hand soap,bath & shower wash,and other great products (in adult and kids varieties),and the stuff is wonderful…so, yeah I would be open to trying goat butter as well.

Turtle 2009-05-27 20:26:39 -0500 Report

I use fat free milk and little butter. I cannot remember the brand the dietician said to use so I look at the fat content. I eat low/no fat everything almost since I was diagnosed 3 yrs ago. I really need to lose weight and I remember the dietician making a big deal out of fat.

Char - 14852
Char - 14852 2009-04-10 16:40:37 -0500 Report

I really like butter..however since I have had a heart attack it is important for me to watch the cholesterol so I have been using SMART BALANCE or OLIVIO. I do not bake because of the temptation to eat it..but if I did I would use BUTTER!!

mamaoak 2009-04-10 14:45:19 -0500 Report

i use butter it is better for you it has nutrients that we need. i do not use a lot i dont bake with it only shorbread cookies for christmas and i dont fry with it i use the spray for some things and olive oil for others. theirs a trick if you fry olive oil at a high temperature it turns in to a bad oil so be carfull

health care attendant
health care attendant 2012-12-29 12:27:26 -0600 Report

butter has very little nutrients … it's what people call "empty calories" it is basically just fat. It has very little nutrients to help the body but it carries up to 120 calories per serving. If at all possible i would use olive oil.

Petrea 2009-03-19 02:10:19 -0500 Report

I use Smart Balance for table use & real butter for baking.

Fred Ravenscraft
Fred Ravenscraft 2009-03-28 12:50:44 -0500 Report

I use strickly butter. In moderation this is essential for my diet. When I was a kid, I loaded on margarine, especially when I made fudge. My doctor recommends only pure butter products. Working on a dairy farm during the summer growing up, we made our own cream and butter. It sure tasted different than what was offered at the grocery.

SkipT 2009-03-18 20:31:28 -0500 Report

Try this experiment at home: Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a few days. Soon you will note a couple of things: no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something). If you put a lump of margarine near and ant hole they will either ignore it or bury it!

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2009-03-18 18:55:48 -0500 Report

I like Canola Harvest, which is 100% canola oil (the good fat). I read somewhere that margarine isn't good for diabetics, but judging by what I know about real butter, that's not so good for your health either :)

jimstez 2009-04-07 14:27:49 -0500 Report

Have you read any of Dr. Bernstein's books? He is butter all the way and he has been a Type 1 for 60 years and advocates a lot of things an Endo would not recommend. He must know something to have been a Type 1 and also a doctor for all those years. Nothing taste as good as real butter in my opinion.

cakeybakes 2009-03-18 15:24:36 -0500 Report

We ALWAYS use butter. My husband had a gall bladder attack some years ago and was told NEVER to eat margarine again—that butter is much better for you; and, of course, use in moderation. This is just like any other oils/fats. Margarine is too hard for your body to process properly. A little butter has LOTS more taste than a lot of margarine, too.

caspersmama 2009-03-18 12:56:38 -0500 Report

Tub spread I use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter with olive oil. And sticks I use Blubonnet Lite. The tub one is great tasting on pasta, veggies and of course popcorn. Love my popcorn.

dj7110 2009-03-18 09:07:19 -0500 Report

I usually use the lite tub margerine. except for baking. for baking i use the sticks with blue bonnet on it.

2009-03-18 06:29:44 -0500 Report

Judy steps onto her 'eat real food' soap box once again. Use real butter. Margarine is manufactured, processed oil and when a product is manufactured and processed you don't know what else is in it. I buy whipped butter or whip my own for everyday use and if I bake I use real stick butter. With the whipped butter you use less because of the air factor but the taste is the same. Ingredients on the label should be cream and salt nothing more and if you buy the unsalted kind there isn't even any salt…:)

Stepping down from the soapbox now. LOL

rbergman 2009-03-18 07:58:42 -0500 Report

*applauds from the gallery* I agree. I was just passing along what our dietitian told us. She had also said to use the tub lite margarine instead of the stick kind, though for the life of me I can't remember why that is lol.
Usually we make our own butter but we no longer have our milk cow and when we go to the stockyard to try to buy one it seems everyone has the same idea and they bring way too much money. Once our goat has her kids (7-10 days from now). We will be milking her when it's time. We have a neighbor that uses goat milk for everything as they haven't been able to purchase a jersey either, so they are going to teach us all about goats milk when the time comes, they even make soap from goats milk.

Anyway, until we can truly go "au natural" with making our own butter again we use the unsalted as well but never thought about whipping it, will have to look into that!


Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-18 09:31:37 -0500 Report

I am with you Judy! The kids use margarine for waffles but if you would tell me how you whip the butter … I will go butter all the way!

2009-03-18 12:25:43 -0500 Report

Whipping butter - you can either buy it that way in the butter and margarine case at the supermarket OR you can put several sticks of butter in a bowl and use your hand mixer to whip it like you would if you were making frosting or something. Once the air is in it you will have less calories per tablespoon than if you use the regular stick butter.


rbergman 2009-03-17 23:19:15 -0500 Report

We were told by our dietitian that we should use lite margarine for everyday use, but when baking, such as cookies and it calls for butter, use butter, the carb grams per serving isn't going to be that bad and you really can't substitute butter for some recipes, just not to use butter if we were just having toast that the lite margarine is best, we use Blue Bonnet Lite Margarine for everyday uses.

2009-03-17 23:28:33 -0500 Report

For baking, I use Imperial. I'm not sure the carb count is as major a deal as we think, I think it's more of a fat factor?

jimstez 2009-04-03 12:13:55 -0500 Report

Have you looked into Dr. Bernsteins diet and how he feels about foods we eat. Google his name and read some of his thinking on better, etc. I am a firm believer he is on the right track for how we should look at foods we have been told are not good for us as diabetics, since he is a Type 1 diabetic himself.

2009-03-17 22:53:30 -0500 Report

Dunno for sure on this one, I can just tell ya what I use.

I use Shedd's Spread, but I LOVE the taste of butter!! I've been told that Shedd's Spread is ONE molecule away from being plastic!! Comforting thought, huh?? lol

Nana lott
Nana lott 2009-05-27 18:53:49 -0500 Report

My husband has stealth diabetes,(Basically, adult onset of type 1)anyway, he has had major muscle mass loss he also had high cholesterol, we were told real butter will help build lean muscle mass, especially in men. So we now use real butter only. After 3years of whole milk and real butter, his cholesterol is right on track.

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