I Can’t Believe It’s Butter

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Photo Credit: http://www.npr.org, 2013 Pennsylvania State Farm Show, Harrisburg, PA

So, we have all heard of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter,” the brand of margarine.  Why not say “I can’t believe it’s butter!”?  That is a great question.  When we look at butter versus margarine, both have 11 grams of fat per serving and 100 calories per serving (a serving being 1 tbsp. of either).  With the fat and calories being the same what is different?  Butter’s fat profile has more saturated fats compared to margarine, but they are more natural versus man-made, and butter has no trans-fats.  Additionally, salted butter (most typical in the store) has only two ingredients (butter and salt), where as margarine has eleven ingredients.  The more processed the food, the harder it is to digest.  Granted Land O’Lakes Margarine has more vitamin A, but it is artificially added, how can butter compete then?  If you want more vitamin A go eat some carrots, just one ounce provides your daily value of vitamin A.  Back to margarine, which also has a higher sodium content, when compared to butter.  Overall, I think that margarine just does not “stack-up” when compared to butter.

Let us look at all the awesome things we can do with butter!  Every year the Pennsylvania State Farm Show has a BUTTER sculpture.  It is made from over 1000 pounds of butter and there is a new one every year.  The sculpture is then recycled in a methane digester producing enough power for over 80 houses.  That is crazy!  Butter can also be used to remove a fishy smell from your hands or as shaving cream.  Butter is an amazing natural food that can have some crazy applications.  Try making your favorite recipe next time using butter instead of margarine!

Until Next Time, Go Cows (I’m including diary today),

Zach

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