Is spray butter safe for my toddler?

Paula - posted on 11/10/2011 ( 45 moms have responded )

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I've heard that its better to give my toddler regular margarine but others say its ok to use the popular spray butters. What do you think?

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Kate CP - posted on 11/11/2011

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Yea, I don't understand how butter can taste nasty...unless it's spoiled? But, I guess it's a personal choice.

However, I don't feed margarine to my kids. Kids NEED fat for healthy brain and eye growth. Fat DOES NOT make you fat: sugar DOES. Having fats in your diet is GOOD for you! It makes your hair shiny, your skin glow, and it triggers an "I'm full" reflex that carbs just can't. Don't skimp on fats in a kid's diet.

Kate CP - posted on 11/10/2011

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It's NOT melted butter.

Ingredients:
Water, Liquid Soybean Oil, Salt, Sweet Cream Buttermilk, Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Lactic Acid, (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Disodium EDTA) as Preservatives, Artificial Flavor, Colored with Beta Carotene, Vitamin A (Palmitate).

Sherri - posted on 11/11/2011

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The spray butter is great for corn on the cob in the summer that is all I have ever used it for.

Because butter is NASTY tasting Lisa. Also if you only use margarine once in a while since the only thing we use it for is baking or toast. I am not concerned especially since I was brought up on margarine my whole life. I make up for it otherwise by eating well.

Sherri - posted on 11/11/2011

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Never said margarine was butter Kate. Just saying if you use margarine in your house it is no different than using the spray.

Since we personally hate the taste of butter in this house we only use margarine my kids don't know anything else.

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Again... ditto Sherri. I was raised on margarine and can not stand the taste of butter. My friend only has butter, so... I never eat toast at her house. ;)

Sherri - posted on 11/11/2011

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I have never had it ever even as a child so having it later on in life I just do not care for the taste of it what so ever.

Minnie - posted on 11/11/2011

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Based on the average American diet when you say on toast or in baking that adds up to much more than once in a while.

I seriously cannot conceive of butter being nasty tasting.

But anyways, to the OP why not coconut oil? Why does it have to be something full of manufactured chemicals? It's like rubbing your hand lotion on corn on the cob.

Minnie - posted on 11/11/2011

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Why can't you just stick a pat of old-fashioned cow's milk butter on her veggies or whatever?

Sal - posted on 11/11/2011

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Just read posts and looked it up and there is no such thing as low fat low cal butter it isn't butter... And I wouldnt hive it to my kids....the propelsnt in the aerosol would put me off, when I bought a new (expensive) saucepan I was told not to use cooking sprays in if as the propellant sticks to the coating and damages the pan, if it wrecks a saucepan im note going to eat it....
Do you just spray it on the bread???? If so that seems pretty weird..

Kate CP - posted on 11/11/2011

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Sherri, I didn't say you SAID it was butter. I said margarine wasn't any BETTER than the spray.

Minnie - posted on 11/11/2011

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God no. Margarine, spray margarine, whatever the heck it it's called, is chemical crap that will send your daughter down the long road to heart disease. Run away.



Grass-fed real butter or coconut oil are your best bets for fats.



then again I guess there are much worse things I could give my son, right?



Not by much.

Kate CP - posted on 11/11/2011

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Margarine isn't any better:

The U.S. ingredients for the current Original Spread variety are:[5]

Vegetable Oil Blend (Liquid Soybean Oil, Non-Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Liquid Canola Oil)
Water
Natural Sweet Cream Buttermilk
Salt
Natural Soy Lecithin
Vegetable Mono and Diglycerides
(Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium EDTA) Used to Protect Quality
Citric Acid
Natural and Artificial Flavors
Vitamin A (Palmitate)
Beta Carotene (For Color)

The basic British formulation is:[6]

Vegetable Oils
Buttermilk (5%)
Water
Salt (1.5%)
Emulsifiers: Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids
Sunflower Lecithin
Preservative: Potassium Sorbate
Vitamin E
Citric Acid
Flavouring
Colour: Beta-Carotene
Vitamins A & D.

Sherri - posted on 11/10/2011

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Paula if you use margarine it is no different than the spray. So it is no less healthy or not healthy. Hope that helps. :)

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Paula, turn the bottle around and read the ingredients list. If it doesn't say "cream" don't give it to him.

Kellie - posted on 11/10/2011

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Polysorbate 60



What is it?

Polysorbate 20 and the other Polysorbate ingredients (Polysorbate 21, Polysorbate 40, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 61, Polysorbate 65, Polysorbate 65, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 81, Polysorbate 85) are a series of general purpose hydrophilic, nonionic surfactants. The Polysorbates are used in a variety of products including skin fresheners, skin care products, skin cleansing products, makeup bases and foundations, shampoos, permanent waves and fragrance powders.





OMG is all i'll say...





Edit to add link:



http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_...

Kellie - posted on 11/10/2011

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Obviously the image in my head was far from what the actual product is lol!

Nah it sounds fine (now I understand more), a little on toast or whatever isn't going to harm him, if he was eating it from the bottle then yes there'd be an issue.

Paula - posted on 11/10/2011

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Lol, this is getting funnier...The spray butter I use is fat free/low cal and it tastes very good...I had just heard it's not the best thing to give your kids too much fat free/low fat foods but then again I guess there are much worse things I could give my son, right?

Kellie - posted on 11/10/2011

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Well then what's the issue with giving it to the kid If it really is just butter and only butter?

Sherri - posted on 11/10/2011

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Aerosol can is completely different than a pump mist. All it is, is melted butter. Not sure why a stick of butter is not disgusting but melted butter in a bottle is??

Sherri - posted on 11/10/2011

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It doesn't come out of a spray can it comes in a bottle with a spray pump. It is not aerosol.

Kellie - posted on 11/10/2011

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I'm in Australia so I've never seen it, let alone heard of it. Can I ask then, if it's that good why are you worried about giving it to your child?



Personally I don't believe anything that comes out of a spray can or tin can be all that healthy for you...

Paula - posted on 11/10/2011

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Actually kellie it's good, not sure who came up with it but I wish I would have! Call me crazy but I though it was a pretty popular item.

Kellie - posted on 11/10/2011

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You learn something new everyday, spray on butter? WTH?! That's disgusting! ewww, who the hell came up with that?

Sherri - posted on 11/10/2011

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We only use margarine always have so my kids have never had anything else. It isn't any worse than anything else you could give him.

Kate CP - posted on 11/10/2011

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Real butter is better for you. Tastes better, too. Fats are not the enemy: sugar is.

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I wouldn't suggest any fake butters. The chemicals in it are often worse than the fats in regular butter.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/10/2011

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Go with your gut...not a great idea. What about peanut butter toast? Is he over a year? Or honey on toast...once again if he is old enough, scrambled eggs, harboiled eggs, oatmeal, fruit, or just some dry cereal.

Paula - posted on 11/10/2011

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I'm just trying to find out some other ideas to give my son that are more healthful. I'm not a health nut by any means but I do try my best. Breakfast seems to be my struggle. He likes something for a while then pushes it away. Some have suggested giving him toast with butter and I'll I had was spray butter and wasn't sure if that was the best idea.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/10/2011

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I also use Parmesan cheese for my past for my daughter. She loves it.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/10/2011

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Margarine is actually terrible to eat. It is actually best just to have butter, just don't be excessive with it.

JuLeah - posted on 11/10/2011

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Well, real butter maybe? Maybe I am not understanding what products you are speaking about. Where I live we buy organic butter - from cows milk - and use that.

Having two family members battling cancer - and a friend, has made be very aware of these issue

Paula - posted on 11/10/2011

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Thanks for the reply JuLeah. I don't use it very often but the times I have it concerns me. Can you suggest any alternatives to put on dry whole wheat toast or pasta besides sugary jellies and creamy sauces?

JuLeah - posted on 11/10/2011

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Real actual food is best for humans



Read labels with care - no trans fats



Whatever toxins, chemicals, dyes ... we put into our bodies means our livers work over time in an effort to filter them out



2 people in my family are battling cancer right now



Both their teams of doctors have said the same thing .... about 97% of all cancers are caused by diet and life style .... we have the power and the control to end this



margarine is not an actual food any more then spray on butter

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