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I'm sure this has been done before but.... butter or margarine?

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ButterflyOfFreedom Thu 07-Apr-16 17:52:20

Which do you use and why?

Which is meant to be better for you / healthier - butter or margarine?

Any particular brands?


Gileswithachainsaw Thu 07-Apr-16 17:53:30

butter is better for you.

I use margarine though as I hate all marge and butter except flora.

I do not see the appeal of butter it tastes foul

firesidechat Thu 07-Apr-16 17:57:04

Butter is better for you. Margarine is vile stuff and I've always used butter.

There has been a huge turn around in advice about fats and very recently there was a cardiac surgeon on radio 4 giving butter and animal fats the seal of approval. He also said that no one would eat margarine if they knew what they were eating.

dementedpixie Thu 07-Apr-16 17:58:49

Always butter. They are both full of fat but butter tastes nicer. You don't actually get margarine in the uk as far as I know...they are 'spreads' now

Arfarfanarf Thu 07-Apr-16 18:01:35

I use butter. I prefer the taste and I remember the thing I saw on tv where they melted marg and it turned into little plastic balls grin

I buy whatever's on offer, lurpak, kerrygold, etc.

eurochick Thu 07-Apr-16 18:02:33

Butter. Marg is vile nasty grey stuff(until the artificial colour is added to make it look vaguely palatable).

DessertOrDesert Thu 07-Apr-16 18:07:36

So, where are all you better people when I go visiting friends??? They product some tub of "taste like butter" tackiness, and wonder why I ask if they have butter.
I still remember offering butter or Marge for a toddler sandwich, being told butter, and the shock when I got a block out. They then asked for flora.......
Frankly, I don't care which is better. Salted butter is the only one which tastes nice. Restricted availability over here. Local or lurpack slightly salted are the options. Give me tesco value as soon as I step foot on UK soil tho.

Lucsy Thu 07-Apr-16 18:08:38

I can't stand marg. Butter is expensive though so if rather have nothing than that crappy yellow coloured muck

LizKeen Thu 07-Apr-16 18:10:12

I buy spread (in Lidl) because I hate when you go to butter the bread and the butter isn't soft enough and it makes holes.

But for cooking/baking/eating other than that it is butter.

weebarra Thu 07-Apr-16 18:18:12

Butter. President if it's on offer.

firesidechat Thu 07-Apr-16 18:19:47

You need a better class of friend Dessert.

I agree that slightly salted is the best and we always have President butter. It used to be Lurpak spreadable until I discovered that they added vegetable fats to it.

VertigoNun Thu 07-Apr-16 18:20:57

I always used butter. I do have stork in the fridge for half marg/half butter in a sponge, as they are lighter textured that way.

anyoldname76 Thu 07-Apr-16 18:22:39

i like either countrylife or lurpak, if neither are on offer i buy clover.

Cakescakescakes Thu 07-Apr-16 18:25:13

Mmmmm salty lurpak...

FishOn Thu 07-Apr-16 18:27:10

butter - marge/spreads are just a load of chemicals

Pipbin Thu 07-Apr-16 18:27:23

Butter, in fact Brittany butter.
I keep it in a glass butter dish on the side in the kitchen all year round. It's always soft enough to spread.

hugoagogo Thu 07-Apr-16 18:33:26

We have butter for most things, but have stork for some baking.

Nibbl3s Thu 07-Apr-16 18:37:28

Dairy free spread is the healthiest, no hormones cholesterole etc.

Pipbin Thu 07-Apr-16 18:42:52

Look at the ingredients on dairy free spread as compared to butter.

HotPotatoOrchestraStalls Thu 07-Apr-16 18:43:58

I believed the butter is bad message for years and we had margarine. All those wasted years when we could have been enjoying butter instead hmm.

My only problem with butter at this time of year is that it won't spread, so I've been using Lurpak spreadable. Not sure if that's good or not but it tastes nice confused.

gooru Thu 07-Apr-16 18:44:31


Marge is grey chemical slush with added food colouring.

Pipbin Thu 07-Apr-16 18:46:29

I did too HotPotato. I think we all did.

VulcanWoman Thu 07-Apr-16 18:52:23

Yeo Valley organic is nice.

VulcanWoman Thu 07-Apr-16 18:53:44

*spreadable butter

BrendasGotABaby Thu 07-Apr-16 18:54:06

I use butter for baking, as the taste of Stork is disgusting.

But weirdly I prier the taste of Flora marg on tots/jacket potatoes etc.

I know butter is less processed and I know people are terribly snotty about marg grin...but I find butter too rich and creamy.

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