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Butter or Margarine?

Growing up I was always told by my parents that butter is better for you than margarine. Today, I still feel that way because margarine seems so processed, but I won't argue that margarine does taste better! What is everyone's opinion on the butter vs. margarine debate? Which is really healthier?

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  1. Margarine tastes better ? Then you are eating the wrong butter. Margarine is lousy tasting, highly processed crap

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        1. re: honkman

          I couldn't gag down margarine if someone paid me. And for people who "pass off" margarine like butter on a butter dish, give me a break!

          1. re: honkman

            Agreed. My Dad put's butter on everything, including pizza. My mom used to be concerned about it and his weight. I suggested switching to margerine to get him to cut back. He immediately replied "that would do it"

            1. re: rasputina

              I did in my college years, when I was still brainwashed into thinking that it was healthy. Used to have a tub of Smart Balance in the fridge at all times; nowadays, I have blocks of Kerrygold grass-fed butter. :)

              1. re: rasputina

                I can see it in a kosher household, but otherwise, I just don't know why they would.

              2. Butter.

                I know my aunt prefers to bake certain cookies with margarine and my Oma (grandma) uses it to brown her meat - it must be Imperial ;) - and then it's basically slow cooked on the stove top in a stick of melted margarine, salt and pepper and it's damn delicious... but aside from those two uses for margarine in MY family - I've never met anyone that prefers the taste of margarine over butter! I most certainly do not.

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                1. re: tiffeecanoe

                  There is ONE place where I like margarine, it reminds me of my childhood. smothered on saltines and dipped in instant chicken noodle soup. It is what mom would give me when I was sick. Funny how memory/taste works.

                  1. re: tiffeecanoe

                    tifeecanoe....................
                    we've never met. But I do like the taste of Imperial brand margarine spread on toast better than butter.
                    In fact, the only time I use butter is in baking.

                    I grew up in a home where Fleischman's Margarine was served and hated it. It tasted like I was eating corn. The only time my mother bought butter was when her mother came to visit. Seems maternal grandmother got hepatitis from 'bad' oleomaragrine during WWII, and would only eat butter after that.

                    It's all a metter of taste, I don't think too much of either is particularly healthy.

                    1. re: bagelman01

                      Interesting! There must be something to that Imperial, seeing it's all that my grandmother will use, if using! :)

                      I have a friend who only uses country crock spread. Weird to me, but right to her!

                  2. Butter.

                    Especially if you can get locally made from grass fed, hormone free cattle.

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                    1. re: gourmanda

                      The butter I buy is probably made from cows with raging hormones consuming corn and old shoelaces, but it still tastes better than margarine.

                    2. My grandparents were dairy farmers. It's always butter in my kitchen.

                      My MIL on the other hand calls blue bonnet "butter" and has served us melted blue bonnet to dip crab legs into. See also: crimes against food.