Thursday, March 28, 2013

Small Changes: Butter

In the quest for a healthy body I began to study nutrition and learned a lot about what the body needs in order to heal itself and keep it well.
This is a new weekly feature I plan on doing for you.
Small Changes are little things that you can do to live better.
Some may be physical changes, but most will be dietary.
The first one that I want to start with is butter vs. margarine

Butter is a natural product, organic or conventional, it's made from ingredients that God gave us.

Margarine. Well, margarine is not.

Some go so far as to say it's only one molecule away from being plastic.
That said, this is not something that you want to ingest. Back in the 80s there was a big uprising to get people to switch from butter to margarine, they said it was heart-healthy. Now the opposite is being shown (which only makes sense, because it is a processed food and butter is a natural product).

Look at the ingredients on this tub of Country Crock:   

I'm not even sure how to pronounce some of those things.
Now look at the ingredients on this Land O' Lakes salted* butter: 

You know that butter tastes better. Go ahead and use it. It's better for you in the long run.

 *There is a difference between salted and unsalted butter. Salted is what you use in every day cooking. Unsalted is what you use in baking.

6 comments:

  1. we ended up switching a couple of months ago. It makes me a little irritated because even the spreadable butter, isn't very spreadable. The taste is better though.

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  2. Jaime, get a butter dish and them just leave the butter out on the counter. It won't go bad and will always be spreadable.

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  3. Because butter has so much flavor, and is a natural, healthy fat (used in moderation) less butter is needed in sauces than margarine. (Margarine will not bind a sauce.)Less is needed to butter bread or rolls. When baking with butter, the end product is better because there is water added to margarine.

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  4. You are right! Thanks for your insight. Everyone always asks why my baked goods taste so good. It's the butter. And the fact that they're not from a box!

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  5. I switched my family to butter a long time ago, too. It just makes sense. I totally agree that eating margarine is like eating plastic. Don't feed your people plastic. Yuck! =)

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  6. We started getting butter when we started getting our milk delivered from Valewood Farms in Loretto. I do keep a small tub of Country Crock for spreading purposes, but I love using real butter so much more. It's way easier to measure!

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