Butter Substitutes 2/10/12

Published On: Feb 15 2012 01:12:35 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 15 2012 01:14:09 PM CST

If you think it's butter, but it's not, it's likely a butter substitute. These can be a good alternative, with less fat and fewer calories - but shop carefully. Erin Gudeux Consumer Reports "You want to avoid butter substitutes that have trans fat, which is more damaging to the heart and body than saturated fat." Consumer Reports evaluated 15 butter substitutes for taste, texture, and nutrition. "Everything's better with Blue Bonnet on it." The spread known for its catchy jingle is one of the cheapest, but Blue Bonnet 53 percent vegetable oil spread was also the lowest rated. Instead, try top-rated Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil, which Consumer Reports rates excellent. Sensory panelists described it as tasting just like whipped butter, and it has less saturated fat. Erin Gudeux "It's also missing that movie-popcorn, fake-butter flavor that you can find in other butter alternatives." While you do have the benefit of less saturated fat because of the canola oil, each tablespoon has 100 calories and 11 grams of fat, the same as butter. Want a butter alternative with fewer calories and fat, along with less saturated fat? Two rated very good - I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light Spread and Brummel & Brown 35 percent Vegetable Oil Spread made with nonfat yogurt. Each has only 45 calories and five grams of fat per serving. Either would be a tasty alternative to butter. . "