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Butter or spread?

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northerner Tue 15-Mar-05 11:24:50

I'm really confused as to which is best.

Butter which is a natural product but very high in fat or a spread such as olivio or flora which is low in fat but full of horrible ingredients and E numbers.

Discuss.

Gobbledigook Tue 15-Mar-05 11:26:23

Ooh, never really thought about it - we use Flora Buttery but prepared to be swayed!

NomDePlume Tue 15-Mar-05 11:27:15

We use Flora buttery day to day and butter on croissants/brioche etc on Sunday mornings. Yummy

Beansmum Tue 15-Mar-05 11:27:47

butter is best! it tastes better and has nothing horrible added, it's high in fat but just cut down the amount you use rather than using tons of low fat stuff.

CountessDracula Tue 15-Mar-05 11:28:59

The Count and I were discussing this today.

My view was "I go to lots of trouble buying organic stuff/preparing proper food/not using crappy processed stuff and you want to eat Olivio which is full of e numbers and additives?!?!?"

He prefers the healthier element of olivio though.

So I eat butter and he eats olivio. DD has butter.

Anyone know of an olive oil type spread that doens't have loads of es etc in it? Doesn't need to be low fat one.

Mothernature Tue 15-Mar-05 11:30:32

butter or margarine

CountessDracula Tue 15-Mar-05 11:32:06

Aha - make better butter:

Blend one part olive or canola oil with one part butter," Kendall says. It makes a softer spread and dilutes the cholesterol with monounsaturated fats.

northerner Tue 15-Mar-05 11:32:42

It's a tricky one isnt it?

NDP - I like your idea of butter on a sunday morning. But I know if I had butter in my fridge I'd be spreading it on everything.

I'm swaying towards butter - but all of dh's family are so health concious and thibk butter is evil. If they came for dinner and saw it in my fridge they might kill me!

hoxtonchick Tue 15-Mar-05 11:33:34

definitely butter.

chocfreeclary Tue 15-Mar-05 11:34:20

northerner, flora is as high in fat (and calories) as butter.
Low-fat spreads are no use for baking or cooking so why bother?
Pass me the butter yum yum

Beansmum Tue 15-Mar-05 11:35:15

can't you buy anchor butter mixed with olive oil with nothing else added? might have just imagined that actually, but I don't think their spreadable stuff has anything nasty in it.

flamesparrow Tue 15-Mar-05 11:35:47

I prefer butter, but seem to buy more sread for some reasoon!!!

Furball Tue 15-Mar-05 11:36:40

I've just had that same dilemma and have decided that butter must be better than loads of additives etc.

I don't really use butter or spread and neither does DH. So I decided to buy organic butter for DS. Blimey, even though it's room temperature, I can't get it to spread easily. Any brands that will?

noddyholder Tue 15-Mar-05 11:36:50

butter it is natural and tastes delicious so would prefer a tiny bit of it rather than loads of marge-yuck!

bundle Tue 15-Mar-05 11:37:55

butter deffo

CountessDracula Tue 15-Mar-05 11:41:11

you can get spreadable butter

pabla Tue 15-Mar-05 11:42:41

Anchor spreadable. Just butter and vegetable oil I think. M&S also do a spreadable butter which is just butter I think. Many years ago, when I worked in a restaurant, we used to beat ordinary butter and then pipe it into dishes. Made it easier to spread and went further.

marialuisa Tue 15-Mar-05 11:42:57

Butter-I mean it's not like you're eating packs of the stuff at a time is it?? Margarine=axel grease=bleurgh!

GeorginaA Tue 15-Mar-05 11:48:36

Butter much better, definitely definitely definitely. The health benefits of spread are very dubious at best.

That said, I do tend to go for a spreadable butter (lurpak) which has a little bit of oil in it.

Caligula Tue 15-Mar-05 11:49:53

Only unsalted butter for me.

I only eat it once a day on toast, so can't see it doing all that much harm.

And everything else tastes like shite.

PiccadillyCircus Tue 15-Mar-05 11:50:42

Spreadable butter. Can't cope with real butter - ends up in lumps everywhere.

Caligula Tue 15-Mar-05 11:51:30

10 seconds in the microwave solves everything!

HUNKERMUNKER Tue 15-Mar-05 11:52:37

Butter. Margarine = transfats. nasty

Tetley Tue 15-Mar-05 11:54:14

Butter, definately! I went back to it a couple of years ago & really have noticed the taste difference.

My mum once heard an interview with Clarissa Dickson-Wright (Two Fat Ladies), whose friend's dad had invented margarine (or had something to do with its invention, or manufacture)& he had told her never to eat margarine because of the chemicals that went into it!

Tetley Tue 15-Mar-05 11:54:14

Butter, definately! I went back to it a couple of years ago & really have noticed the taste difference.

My mum once heard an interview with Clarissa Dickson-Wright (Two Fat Ladies), whose friend's dad had invented margarine (or had something to do with its invention, or manufacture)& he had told her never to eat margarine because of the chemicals that went into it!

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