Butter vs. margarine? What's better to spread on your bread? It's an age-old debate, but ever since trans fats have been essentially phased out of margarine products and butter-like spreads, health professionals recommend them over butter, which is rich in saturated fats. Butter alternatives are also lower in overall calories and total fat. The best spreads are made from vegetable oils and have no partially hydrogenated oils.
Look for spreads that provide per one-tablespoon serving:
- No more than 2.5 grams saturated fat
- Up to 80 calories
- No partially hydrogenated oils
- No trans fats
Earth Balance Made With Olive Oil
Made from an oil blend that includes palm fruit, canola, safflower, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Per Serving: 80 calories, 9 grams fat (2.5 grams saturated fat)
Olivio Premium Spread With Olive Oil
Made from a blend of healthier vegetable oils, including olive oil, canola, and palm fruit.
Per serving: 80 calories, 8 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated fat fat)
Brummel & Brown Spread With Yogurt
This creamy spread is lower in fat and calories because it's made from a blend of low-saturated-fat vegetable oils and nonfat yogurt.
Per serving: 45 calories, 5 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated fat)