Butter or Margarine?

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Which do you prefer? Which is better for you? What are those deciding factors? Which brands do you prefer? Does it matter?

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Kate CP - posted on 11/07/2010

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Okay, the truth about cholesterol is that most of the time just changing your diet won't do a whole hell of a lot. Usually it's a genetic trait and medication is the only way to really bring cholesterol into check. Also, there is GOOD cholesterol and BAD cholesterol. Some margarines have BAD cholesterol in them. Some raise GOOD cholesterol. Butter, however, doesn't help with good cholesterol and contains saturated fats which are not good for you. While your body will process butter differently and feel more satisfied with this type of fat, if you have a slightly high cholesterol level then switching to margarine would be better.



Also, your pulse has nothing to do with cholesterol. AND there's no way to really "mask" the results of a cholesterol check. It's a blood test.

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I love avocados and can't stand the taste of butter. Well, that's a slight exaggeration since I do eat it at my friend's house since that's what she buys. I would never buy butter to eat though... only in recipes and I hardly ever cook anything, so.... ;)

Charlie - posted on 11/07/2010

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Tah when picking an Avocado it must be slightly soft to touch with a very gentle squeeze !

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Sal there are bad fats and good fats not all fats are just fats.
Avocados have one of the highest fat contents but its a good fat. Doesn't mean we shoudl all go crazy and eat only them but they are the best option if you were serious about being as healthy as possible.
I i had your nutritionist Sal then i know i sure as hell would be looking for a new one.

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Butter
butter
It's made from milk and not from oils.
I take wathever butter is unsalted and doesn't contain color (usually president's choice).

Jodi - posted on 11/07/2010

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And Sal, sorry to tell you, switching from butter to margarine is a big step towards controlling a cholesterol problem. Any nutritionist worth anything will tell you to switch away from products high in saturated and trans fats to a product that is low in these fats.

Stifler's - posted on 11/07/2010

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I think butter is sometimes unnecessary especially on sandwiches and stuff. People use it out of habit instead of just skipping the butter and straight to the spread like jam or vegemite.

Jodi - posted on 11/07/2010

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Sal, fat is not fat. Different types of fats are processed by your body in different ways. Not all calories are equal.

Jodi - posted on 11/07/2010

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Your nutritionist seriously said not to use anything that says low fat, light and sugar free??? Did she tell you why? Because I'm sorry, that is total bullshit. Lower processing doesn't automatically mean healthier.

I think the misconception about margarine is an argument regarding trans fats, and there are actually much higher trans fats in butter than in margarine. In fact many margarines are now either trans fat free or have only very minimal traces.

Jane - posted on 11/07/2010

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Margarine is gross. I hate it. If I'm going to eat something with the same amount of fat and calories, I'd rather eat the real thing. BUTTER ALL THE WAY!

Sal - posted on 11/07/2010

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fat is fat, butter oil marg all gram for gram about the same calorie value, and she didn't suggest eating butter in everything but switching from butter to marg isn't goning to fix your colestrol or make you skinny

Bonnie - posted on 11/07/2010

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I don't see how a nutritionist would say butter is better for you. To most it may taste better, but it is really fattening and unhealthy basically. And I also have never tried an avacado.

Sal - posted on 11/07/2010

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the nutritionalist said that if she were to choose she would use butter but sparinly, she would use advocado for snadwiches instead and olive oil for cooking, and that low fat light and sugar free were the things to avoid on any lable, she isn't the only one either i had a freind who was a nutritionalist and she said the same, and she would never use light or low fat anything except cocnut milk, she always went for the lowest processed item, a nutritionalist isn;t only about wieght managment they are about the nutrition in food, and as butter and marg have almost the same calorie count butter was less refined, the woman we saw also told us that using the colestesrol lowering spreads (logiacl here i n aus for example) didn't do much except mask the readings for the dr, so increase pulses, advocado and olive oil and walk to get the level to truley lower- again i am not an expert but that is what we were told...

Jodi - posted on 11/07/2010

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I've never bought a vegetable oil based margarine in my life...... sunflower, canola and olive margarines, the salt reduced variety. They've been making margarine from sunflower seeds for years, so to claim margarine is not healthy on the basis of a single type of margarine is irresponsible on the part of any nutritionist.

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There is a big seed in the middle Tah so you have to cut around it like you would if you were to cut a peach in half.

Charlie - posted on 11/07/2010

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Tah , toast the bread then spread avo on it like butter add salt and cracked pepper to taste !

Yum , also you could add melted cheese and mayo for a super delish toastie !

Stifler's - posted on 11/07/2010

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You cut it in half and spread it on the bread and eat it hahaha or put salad on top and a lid instead of margerine you spread a thin layer or avocado.

Stifler's - posted on 11/07/2010

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I think there's been a lot of propaganda about margerine out there about how it's poison etc.

Tah - posted on 11/07/2010

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margarine...and i have never in my life had an avocado...i mean not apart from guacamole...but i may go buy one just to see.....so help me out..after i buy it...then what???????

Jodi - posted on 11/07/2010

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A nutritionist recommended butter? Seriously??? What sort of nutritionist was that? Qualifications from a cereal box? There are no chemicals in margarine. Margarine is generally made from plant oils and seeds, and last I heard, plants were food....



Like Loureen, I don't care what anyone else eats, it's your arteries, but honestly, a nutritionist telling people that butter is healthier shouldn't be in business.

Charlie - posted on 11/07/2010

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"Margarine processing is necessary to ensure the natural canola and sunflower oils are combined with other ingredients such as milk, water and salt to develop a smooth consistency for spreading.

In fact, there is only one additional step for making margarine versus the process to make butter. This is the upfront step of extracting the oil from seeds."


Not that i really care what anyone else eats :D

Sal - posted on 11/07/2010

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yes, it is to do with the process that the "natural" plant fats have to go through to produce marg are not the same natural process that cream goes through to produce butter, i am not a chemist so don't know the details of how to make marg, but have made butter....and i like butter better so it suited me.

Charlie - posted on 11/07/2010

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To borrow from Jodi because this is the marg i buy ;

"Margarine spreads are predominantly made from Plant seed oils, Water, Milk and Salt. In fact, about 99% of the ingredients in MeadowLea, a leading brand of margarine spreads, are naturally sourced and can be found in the
pantry of most Australian homes. The remaining

Charlie - posted on 11/07/2010

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Hmm has your nutritionalist actually looked into marg and not just the myths ?

Sal - posted on 11/07/2010

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i use butter, my hubby had to see a nutritionalist and she plainly said "butter, marg is all chemical and not food, and you don't eat things that aren't food" but having said that my little one has a servere dairly allergy so we have a dairy free spread for her, and if i am cooking for her i usually use dairy free for mashed potatos and cakes etc, if i am making grown up food i use butter...any brand try to go aus made but any really

Johnny - posted on 11/07/2010

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I'm firmly in the avocado-hating camp. I totally abhor them. The only time I'll eat them is in guacamole, I think because my love for cilantro overshadows the grossness of the avocados. My husband & daughter both love them, but I never cook with them. They just eat them straight up. It was actually my daughter's first food.

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Ewwww avocado instead of butter. If I want to not use butter I may use cheese spread, mayo or pesto.

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Mmmm best butter is better than marg, nothing beats best butter on toast. Butter is better for you as long as you use it sparingly because marg is virtually plastic.

LaCi - posted on 11/07/2010

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I tend to bake with butter. But for most everything else I tend to use earth balance.

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I'd never thought of using avocado on a sandwich like butter. I LOVE avocados, so tasty. Good idea for my next sandwich! Thanks ladies :)

Rosie - posted on 11/07/2010

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avocados are beyond disgusting. even my kids think they are the devils doing, lol! gross!!

Jenn - posted on 11/07/2010

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Isn't Becel trans fat free? I think it's one of the few brands that is. And I'm sorry, but avacado instead of butter? EWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!

Hannah - posted on 11/07/2010

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Margarine like Becel ;) But I do agree that butter is best when baking and such.....

Stifler's - posted on 11/07/2010

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I like margerine for the spreadable factor and cheapness. I buy butter to cook with like make cakes etc. I buy home brand on that sort of thing and every week there's new info on which is better - butter vs. marg. I tend to believe the non animal fat marg may be better for us like especially olive oil, avocado oil and sunflower oil spreads.

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Our whole house loves avocados they never last very long at all. As soon as i cut one it gets finished by the kids if i dont use it all.

But to the OP i prefer butter but we use a healthy margarine due to me and my health issues.

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