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Old 07-23-2009, 08:50 AM   #11
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I'm in agreement with the late Dr. Atkins on this: There is no evidence that eating cholesterol actually raises your internal cholesterol levels.

Trans fatty acids are proven killers, and there is a growing amount of evidence to suggest that hydrogenated plant oils are a leading contributor to all manner of health problems.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:10 AM   #12
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Oops we seem to have slipped off topic. Sorry we hijacked. The short answer is "no" there is nothing that you can sub in that isn't fat.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:22 PM   #13
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Oops we seem to have slipped off topic. Sorry we hijacked. The short answer is "no" there is nothing that you can sub in that isn't fat.
Well, there again, using real butter is less fat than using Crisco, because of the water content of real butter.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:33 PM   #14
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Buttercream will never be health food.

Shortening has 12g fat (3 saturated) per tablespoon, while unsalted butter has 11.5g fat (7.3 saturated), although shortening does have some trans fat.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:57 PM   #15
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Buttercream will never be health food.
Exactly.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:45 PM   #16
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Now that we've got the health issues out of the way let's keep this thread to the OP's question. If anyone wants to start another thread in the proper forum for health issues please feel free. But, it seems the original question has also been answered.
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Now that we've got the health issues out of the way let's keep this thread to the OP's question. If anyone wants to start another thread in the proper forum for health issues please feel free. But, it seems the original question has also been answered.
FWIW, the OP's question was specifically about a "healthier" alternative (less fat) than Crisco.

But you are most certainly correct that the original question has been answered in a couple different ways.
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Great - it's case closed then!
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:51 PM   #19
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True, but Crisco contains trans fats while butter does not.
Next time I make buttercream frosting I will definitely try it with butter instead. The trans fats in Crisco are a deal breaker for me. Trans fats are just too bad for you to ignore. I mean, I don't make buttercream frosting often and bad things are definitely good in small doses, but I look forward to trying butter as a substitute.

Thank you for everyones input and information!
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:58 PM   #20
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Next time I make buttercream frosting I will definitely try it with butter instead. The trans fats in Crisco are a deal breaker for me. Trans fats are just too bad for you to ignore. I mean, I don't make buttercream frosting often and bad things are definitely good in small doses, but I look forward to trying butter as a substitute.

Thank you for everyones input and information!

Rather than use that recipe substituting butter for the shortening, I'd scrap it and find one that uses butter. There are plenty of them out there.
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