May 15, 2008 | Home >Healthy Kids > Nutrition Tips >The great debate
The great debate
May 15, 2008 | Home >Healthy Kids > Nutrition Tips >The great debate

The great debate

Butter Vs. Margarine

Buttered Bread Roll

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me which was healthier, butter or margarine..I’d be rich.  It’s as if no one accepts, “neither are good, so why ask!”

You can make arguements for both sides.  Butter contains cholesterol and a high amount of saturated fat, thus making it a poor choice if you don’t like plaque in your arteries.  However, most margarines contain an even worse fat (IMHO), trans-fats.  So it boils down to reading labels.  Choose a spread that is low in saturated fats, and does not contain trans-fats.  We all enjoy the taste of butter, spread on a warm, lightly toasted bagel. But you can also get used to the taste of healthier spreads.  I like Canola Harvest spread, or Benecol or Take Control.  We also like the “I can’t beleive it’s not butter”, spray.

I found some delicious whole wheat french bread at Albertsons to include with our spaghetti dinner.  A small spread of canola harvest (tastes like butter but isn’t) and a shake of parmesan.  We toasted it in the oven, and the kids devoured it. Cereal boy was really excited when I let him have the last piece of bread.  Whatever makes you happy boy!

written by
Amy Roskelley

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Emily says:

My mom ruined me by always using butter. But now I’ve gotten used to the taste of the spreads- so I hope my kids will not know what they are missing. It’s nice that lowfat spreads are always soft, too. Sometimes we still use butter for special occasions like Thanksgiving- juat for old time’s sake. I will try that canola spray- that sounds perfect for garlic bread!

Autumn says:

I used to always use margarine until I read an article on it being similar in makeup to PLASTIC! Ew…is that true? Anyway now we do the spread thing or butter.

Amy says:

Emily, the canola harvest is a spread, but we also use the I can’t beleive it’s not butter spray. But like you, we still buy butter for special things. But i’ve noticed we definitely do it less often.
Autumn, Plastic? I actually hadn’t heard that. But if true, I second the ew.

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