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Old 07-07-2006, 10:33 PM   #1
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Healthy butter/margarine alternative I found at the store today.

Its made from olive oil, is seventy calories a tablespoon, and tastes honestly a lot better than milkfat AND vegetable fat spreads. It tastes like super rich premium butter and spreads like margerine. Its still fat, but its actually the healthy kind. Like margerine, its cholestorol free. I really love the taste.

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Old 07-07-2006, 10:37 PM   #2
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Smart Balance?

So, what is the product name? I have been enjoying Smart Balance as a healthy alternative. The light version (made with flaxseed oil) is super spreadable and tastes delicious. It's not so great for baking or cooking, however...
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Old 07-08-2006, 02:03 AM   #3
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Fleischmann's premium blend made with olive oil. I'm not sure how it would bake (probably not very well to replace butter), but its tasty enough to me that I like licking it right of my finger. I'll probably make a grilled cheese sandwhich with it tomorrow (traditional grilled cheese sandwhiches are after all made with EVOO, NOT butter). It would also probably make better garlic bread and just be good on morning toast.
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I got some stuff today called Smart Balance light. It is pretty low sodium and it is made mostly from soybean, olive, and canola oils. 45 calories per tablespoon. I have yet to try it though so we'll see how it tastes and cooks.
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Old 07-10-2006, 03:29 PM   #5
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I use smartbalance and it's great. I use it on english muffins or plain toast or cinnamon toast and you seriously don't miss the butter. It still has oils but it's a great alternative to margarine and other spreads that are high in trans fat.
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Old 07-10-2006, 03:38 PM   #6
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Tub spreads have a lot of water in them (compared to stick butter/margerine), so they are hard to bake with.
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Old 07-10-2006, 06:01 PM   #7
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You can cook and bake with regular Smart Balance but can only use the light as a spread.
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:14 AM   #8
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I made some chowder today and used the smart balance light to sautee some stuff and it worked pretty well.
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:50 AM   #9
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So, what is the product name? I have been enjoying Smart Balance as a healthy alternative. The light version (made with flaxseed oil) is super spreadable and tastes delicious. It's not so great for baking or cooking, however...
I have been using Smart Balance for a couple of years now and love it. I once put it on the table when my family was visiting and my brother who can be picky about food used it and liked it.

When I bake or cook I use real butter. I rarely bake for myself, so what little I eat of the baked goods I feel that I can indulge in using real butter.
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Old 07-12-2006, 04:19 AM   #10
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Depending on which page you look on ... 1 Tablespoon of fat is 110-120 calories. If you have a "butter substitute spread" that has less calories - it's volume is either pumped up from water or whipped to include a lot of air, or both.

Fats from animal sources contain cholesterol - fats from non-animal sources don't.

While it will not make any difference when spreading on your bread, sautéing some vegetables, etc - the air/water/fat content WILL make a difference in baked goods. For example: Crisco uses air to replace the water in butter on a per-volume basis. So - if you use Crisco to replace butter in a recipe - you have to make a 20% adjustment in the water content of the recipe.

If you're going to bake with these artificial spreads - check the package for substitution instructions.
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