So why is butter better than margarine? Read on! (Make sure you don’t miss the 2 amazing giveaways at the end of this post, too.)
I love butter. It conjures up wonderful memories from when I was small and my mum baked a week’s worth of bread at once. My brother and I would hollow out a hot, fresh roll and butter the inside as a treat.
Fast forward a here-unnamed number of decades and I now live with my husband and children on our own “farmstead”. Instead of cows, we have dairy goats, which means we get lots of fresh milk and delicious soft cheese, but the milk does not make butter…..not enough fat content.
So why do I buy butter instead of margarine? Here are 5 reasons why it’s better:
This one is probably self explanatory! If it isn’t, do a blind taste test on a hot baguette, then come back for the rest of the reasons.
2. No trans fats.
Butter will never make the list of healthiest foods, but trans fats (found in margarine) are a man-made product, which according to my research lowers the good cholesterol and raises the bad.
3. Naturally occurring vitamins.
Butter has Vitamins D, A, E and K just as milk does. By contrast, margarine has none unless they are specially added during manufacturing. It’s also worth noting that studies have shown higher fat milk ( so, presumably, also butter) to reduce incidences of diarrhea in the very young and the elderly thanks to a type of fatty acid called Glycospingolipids.
4. No chemical gunk.
Margarine involves a chemical process to squeeze the fat out of vegetables, then hydrogen is added to solidify it. Butter involves skimming the cream off the milk, churning it, and maybe adding salt. I know which I’d rather have. Margarine also often has added color.
5. Butter supports local farmers.
In my case, I know some of the farmers that Gay Lea buys from right here in Ontario and have been to their farms. You can’t get more “buy local” than that! Chances are good that the butter you buy has traveled a very short distance from its source. Who can say that for sure about margarine, not to mention how long it sits around in storage?
Ok, now that you know WHY you should be thinking about switching to butter, here are two great giveaways to help you get going! Winners of each will receive their prize in approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
Giveaway #1- A KitchenAid Stand Mixer (ARV $450) Enter below:
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Giveaway #2 – A year of Gay Lea Products (12 coupons for the products of your choice!)ends on April 30th at midnight so enter right now! Open to Canadian readers (sorry, no QC).
Let’s make entries for this really simple: In the comments for this post, tell me why you like butter and for bonus points you can include a second entry that tells me a fact I didn’t mention here about why butter is better. On May 1st I’ll throw all the entries (printed) into a hat and have D,8, reach up and pick out a name.
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own