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butter, blend, or substitute?
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I am trying to eat a low-cholesterol diet. The number of butter, margarine or blends on the shelf and the claims they make on the labels are confusing to me. What is recommended for spreading on bread
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butter, blend, or substitute?

posted at 8/12/2011 11:43 PM CDT
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I am trying to eat a low-cholesterol diet. The number of butter, margarine or blends on the shelf and the claims they make on the labels are confusing to me. What is recommended for spreading on breads/toast? What is best to use in baking?

Re: butter, blend, or substitute?

posted at 8/15/2011 9:23 PM CDT
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First: 7/17/2011
Last: 5/6/2014
In Response to butter, blend, or substitute?:
I am trying to eat a low-cholesterol diet. The number of butter, margarine or blends on the shelf and the claims they make on the labels are confusing to me. What is recommended for spreading on breads/toast? What is best to use in baking?
Posted by d.russell.g


You are not alone in feeling that this is a confusing topic.  I get many, many questions about this in the store.  I recommend using a margarine that doesn't contain any trans fat.  The problem with real butter is that it is high in saturated fat.  Saturated fat is a "bad" fat and can lead to clogged arteries.  Trans fat is another "bad fat" and also clogs arteries.  Trans fat is found in many margarines.  So, that is why there is so much controversy regarding which is better, butter or margarine.  Fortunately, there are several margarines on the market now that do not contain trans fat.  The best way to tell is to read the ingredient list.  If you see the word hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated, then the product contains trans fat and should be avoided.  My favorite brands that are trans fat free are Promise, Country Crock and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.  This is what I would suggest using for your bread and toast. 

If the baking you are doing calls for butter or margarine, you can try using one of the soft spreads I have listed.  If you aren't satisfied with the results, then I would suggest trying the Smart Balance 50/50 blend that comes in stick form.  These still contain some saturated fat, but have less than real butter does. 

Let me know if you have further questions!

Re: butter, blend, or substitute?

posted at 8/18/2011 1:17 PM CDT
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First: 8/12/2011
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In Response to Re: butter, blend, or substitute?:
In Response to butter, blend, or substitute? : You are not alone in feeling that this is a confusing topic.  I get many, many questions about this in the store.  I recommend using a margarine that doesn't contain any trans fat.  The problem with real butter is that it is high in saturated fat.  Saturated fat is a "bad" fat and can lead to clogged arteries.  Trans fat is another "bad fat" and also clogs arteries.  Trans fat is found in many margarines.  So, that is why there is so much controversy regarding which is better, butter or margarine.  Fortunately, there are several margarines on the market now that do not contain trans fat.  The best way to tell is to read the ingredient list.  If you see the word hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated, then the product contains trans fat and should be avoided.  My favorite brands that are trans fat free are Promise, Country Crock and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.  This is what I would suggest using for your bread and toast.  If the baking you are doing calls for butter or margarine, you can try using one of the soft spreads I have listed.  If you aren't satisfied with the results, then I would suggest trying the Smart Balance 50/50 blend that comes in stick form.  These still contain some saturated fat, but have less than real butter does.  Let me know if you have further questions!
Posted by Jamie Jarvis, MPH, RD, LD

I Can't Belive It's Not Butter has a fat free version. I'm not sure what all the ingredients are in it. Is it better for us or does it have questionalble ingredients as well?

Re: butter, blend, or substitute?

posted at 8/19/2011 5:11 PM CDT
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In Response to Re: butter, blend, or substitute? : I Can't Belive It's Not Butter has a fat free version. I'm not sure what all the ingredients are in it. Is it better for us or does it have questionalble ingredients as well?
Posted by d.russell.g


The ingredients in the fat free version are the same as those in the other I Can't Believe It's Not Butter blends, except it doesn't include the oil.  So, if you like the taste, it would be a great option to reduce calories and keep your heart healthy. 

Re: limit olive oil?

posted at 4/11/2013 1:04 PM CDT
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I know olive and canola oils are the "good" oils to use if you are using oil, but should they be a limited part of the low fat/low cholesterol diet or are they recommended to be consumed daily because they are high in the monosaturated fat, which lowers LDL ?

Re: limit olive oil?

posted at 5/24/2013 9:07 AM CDT
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First: 7/13/2011
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I know olive and canola oils are the "good" oils to use if you are using oil, but should they be a limited part of the low fat/low cholesterol diet or are they recommended to be consumed daily because they are high in the monosaturated fat, which lowers LDL ?
Posted by slavnaway


Olive oil and canola oil won't have any cholesterol as they come from plants. Fat does need to be a part of a daily diet (just not in excess) as it has important roles such as the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Focus on eating more healthier fats such as monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fats, those will offer the best benefits and will keep your heart healthy.

Re: butter, blend, or substitute?

posted at 6/22/2013 12:15 PM CDT
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Your dicision was quite good i was avoiding these things from last two years because my cholesterol level cross the limits and its not good for me. I suggest you to bake these things useing very low fat or cholesterol.

Re: butter, blend, or substitute?

posted at 8/25/2013 8:53 AM CDT
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First: 7/25/2013
Last: 9/15/2013
The trend of this discussion already answered my questions. Thank you. It is a huge help.

-Rosetta

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