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Healthy Butter Substitutes

Posted on July 8, 2009 by Glenny's There have been 33 comment(s)

Hey Glenny's Fans,

If you're like me, I'm sure you love butter. But, there's no denying that regular butter is loaded with fat and calories. So do any of you have healthy butter substitutes to recommend?



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33 Responses to Healthy Butter Substitutes

  • dri
    dri says:

    Hey, you should check out Brummel & Brown Spread ( It's made with yogurt, and it has a slightly sweet and creamy taste. It has 1/2 the fat and calories of butter, no cholesterol and no trans fat per serving. A tbsp. has Weight Watchers POINTS® value 1.

    Posted on June 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm

  • Tracy
    Tracy says:

    Olivio butter made with extra light olive oil is a very close second to real butter. I am a huge butter fan but I can handle this stuff. Do I prefer butter? Yeah, I do but of all the butter- subsitutes I've tried this is by far the best. It's an easy switch- try it! AND, it's a lot cheaper than butter- God bless the Mediterranean!

    Posted on June 12, 2008 at 4:53 am

  • Mary
    Mary says:

    I address this in my life from a "mind-set" point of view rather than substitution. We Americans have come to believe that we need our cake and can eat it too. If we look at "every-day" meals vs. "special" meals, most people do not eat steak for every meal, so why should we have loads of butter for every meal. Fat is healthy in our diet in very small amounts.

    So, I see butter as a special treat to enjoy daily, but not in large amounts all day long. I know that has helped me with makiing lots of life changes. I try to more clearly identify needs vs. wants.

    Posted on June 12, 2008 at 5:45 am

  • Lydia Juarez

    I agree with dri. Go with Brummel and Brown. You can get creative by putting it in a small processor and adding yummy stuff like savory herbs or cinnamon and splenda and dried or fresh fruit. Leave it in an airtight container overnight and you've got a very tasty spread for toast or whatever. I understand Mary's concept on restraint but in the real world, it doesn't work for everyone.

    Posted on June 12, 2008 at 7:49 am

  • kelcey
    kelcey says:

    You should try these two fat-free products that are great: Smart Squeeze nonfat margarine spread (1 TBS 14 calories), which is great on corn on the cob and steamed veggies, and Promise tub fat-free spread. They also have a low-fat spread and other varieties, but the fat-free spread is really low in calories and is gelatin-based. Great on toast, English muffins and any where else you like a spreadable product.

    Posted on June 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm

  • Libby
    Libby says:

    I like Smart Balance Light. It is very "butter-like" in consistancy and taste. It also is 1 point on Weight Watchers for 1 tbsp.

    Posted on June 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm

  • Trish
    Trish says:

    Unfortunetly, Brummel and Brown has hydrodgenated oils. Promise Light is the best as far as health and taste. No Trans fats or hydros. Only one point on Weight Watchers. I have done my homework. My son actually likes it better than butter. Promise is soft like Brummel and Brown and can be mixed with spices as Lydia said. Fat Free has a few chemicals so as long as you don't use the whole tub, Promise Light is best and also helps reduce Cholesterol. Read your labels Hydrogenated Oil is bad!

    Posted on June 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm

  • Linda
    Linda says:

    I love butter, but I'm trying to do without also, Olive Oil is pretty tasty on vegetables, and it is good for you, I just started Weight Watchers, and I'm counting points. I've tried Salsa on Baked potatoes instead of butter, it's great.

    Posted on July 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm

  • Tracy
    Tracy says:

    I live in South Dakota and I used to buy "promise fat free butter" at wal-mart. They have discontinued it and there are no other stores in this area that will get it for me. Can any one out there tell me an online shopping website that I might be able to get it? I have called promise and asked them, they couldn't help me.



    Posted on August 25, 2008 at 5:32 pm

  • Bucky
    Bucky says:

    I buy Parkay spray on butter. In fact, I have cooked potato slices in it and it works well. I pour it on my oatmeal and it taste just like butter. No calories.

    Posted on October 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm

  • dawn
    dawn says:

    I am a favorite of the Brummel & Brown spread myself. I actually prefer it over butter now. And because it's a spread, you tend to use less.

    Posted on July 9, 2009 at 8:22 am

  • Lindsay
    Lindsay says:

    Land O Lakes Light Butter with Canola Oil. I haven't tried it yet, waiting for my current tub to run out, but this is definitely next on the list. It is light butter not a margarine spread which is supposedly better for you because it doesn't have all the additives. I have heard that this is a great "healthy" butter with only 50 calories and 5 grams of fat per tablespoon and can't wait to try.

    Posted on July 9, 2009 at 8:26 am

  • miriam
    miriam says:

    Women should not eat any margarine products. Margarine contains phytoestrogens which may promote breast cancer. Your best bet is to use light butter for spreading or olive oil for dippoing. It has half the calories of regular butter and less fat. this, as with anything else, should be used sparingly for portion control. The healthiest fat is olive oil for it's antioxidant properties, however it is best consumed raw. olive oil loses its antioxidant properties when heated, so use it on salads or to dip your bread. It is far healthier than spreading chemicals in margarine or fat laden butter on your bread.

    Posted on July 9, 2009 at 9:41 am

  • Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I like Land O' Lakes Light has half the fat and doesn't taste any different than the full fat stuff to me.

    Posted on July 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm

  • Mary
    Mary says:

    Tracy, try again for the Promise Fat Free Spread. It now comes in a single large (15 oz?) tub instead of two small ones, and a lot of stores that had dropped it are now carrying it again. Contact the company and ask, they'll tell you who in your area has it. Good luck! At only 5 calories a tablespoon, it's well worth the hunt!

    Posted on July 10, 2009 at 4:20 am

  • Susan
    Susan says:

    I love the olive oil butter! We just put it on the table and no one has noticed that it is not "genuine" butter. I am southern, and we have always used a lot of fat in our cooking - fat back or bacon cooked in with fresh vegetables. Now we use a spoonful of olive oil butter when cooking vegetables and the taste is delicious. The men in our family don't even know we have switched.

    Posted on July 16, 2009 at 8:46 am

  • Susan
    Susan says:

    P.S. - We have also switched to olive oil mayonnaise and everyone likes that too.

    Posted on July 16, 2009 at 8:50 am

  • Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Whipped butter in moderation is the best. Margarine has many chemicals in it making it more toxic for your body than healthy. Whipped butter is light weight, low in calores at 50 to 70 calories per serving, no trans fat and the most natural ingredient list with just cream and salt. You can get a lighter version of it and an unsalted version of it. Hope that helps.

    Posted on July 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

  • Kristin
    Kristin says:

    My daughter has a severe milk allergy, and it's difficult to find any butter substitutes that are milk free. We really like Earth Balance Soy Garden and it's carried at most the local grocery stores. It actually tastes much better than any other margarine I have ever tried, although it's not quite as good as butter. It's also very hard when it's cold, like butter, so if you plan on spreading it you have to let it sit out for a little and warm up first. According to their website it's "Made with natural, crushed whole soy beans, and canola oil-free, our Earth Balance Soy Garden spread has a delicate consistency and flavor with the added health benefits of soy. Winner of the 2008 American Tasting Institute award for best tasting, natural, buttery spread, it's also completely vegan and 100% lactose free."

    Posted on December 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm

  • BHall
    BHall says:

    Congratulations! You have successfully altered the previously fine taste of your Brummel and Brown yogurt (butter) spread. It doesn't taste the same, why did you do that?

    Posted on January 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm

  • Damo
    Damo says:

    Weeee.... for Ghee! This stuff taste great, its clarified butter. Certified 100% Organic . 1 tsp. 5g = Totalfat 5 g, Sat. 3, 0 trans fat , 0 sodium, 8 mg cholesterol. But the best part is its real , no hydogenated or not pasteurized.
    This is much better for the health of your body than most butter subsitutes and Idianian peolple have known it for years. I got it at whole foods but try any local health food store

    Posted on January 8, 2010 at 6:59 am

  • ellen boroughf

    Brummel and Brown is good. I am, however, confused by the comments. Is it or isn't it lactose free? Gluten is also a no-no, and I'm discovering wheat is added to all kinds of foods. Is Brummel and Brown also gluten free.

    Posted on March 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm

  • Katie
    Katie says:

    guess what! the Promise Fat Free Butter IS fat free! try that! 5 calories per serving plus the same nutrients as regular butter! (vitamins.)

    Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm

  • Anavar
    Anavar says:

    I don't know any substitute for butter. It is very fatty, but still better that margarine. For baking coconut butter is the healthiest. Maybe try with low fat creams with bread.

    Posted on May 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm

  • Al
    Al says:

    In baking, you can substitute part of the butter with bananas, or if that flavor is too strong, you can use applesauce. I do it all the time, and you can't even tell the difference in taste.

    Posted on October 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm

  • Doyal Howell

    Spray on is not a good idea according to Dr. Oz show. He had a segment that discussed the dangers of the propellants used in the spray on products. A hand pump works just as well and has no danger of contamination from the propellant.

    Posted on March 28, 2011 at 4:17 am

  • Lisa :)
    Lisa :) says:

    I really thank you all for the suggestions concerning good butter substitutes. i didn't know which to use. it is so many choices, some good, some bad. Thanks for the info. :)

    Posted on August 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  • Art
    Art says:

    For Seniors (and anybody really) any spread that hardens either in a tub or stick, can be hard on the arteries. Go for a liquid substitute like Olivia. Season it if you may but stay away from that which hardens or has t be warmed or melted. Buy a non-aerosol version of the seasoning.

    Posted on December 28, 2011 at 5:48 am

  • Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I just found out that I can't have any dairy products. What can I eat instead of butter?

    Posted on January 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  • Dee
    Dee says:

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  • Maria (BearMountainBooks)

    Try walnut oil. A slight nutty flavor and good for you (as fats go). If you miss the salt taste that is in some butter, you can sprinkle of dash of salt on.

    Doesn't work for cooking,but is great in oatmeal, toast (get a soy sauce container to drizzle the oil) on salads and other places you use butter!

    Posted on March 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  • M G
    M G says:

    To Bucky...spray butter is NOT 'no calories' 900 calories in that small yellow spray bottle'

    Posted on March 18, 2012 at 7:23 am

  • Esme
    Esme says:

    Its funny how most of you ignored Miriam's post. Can you say denial? Stop eating this crap and get acquainted with real food ( Lean Cuisines don't count)
    All these lowfat options are just making you fatter, by altering your hormones. Until you get your hormones in check, the blubber is going to stay put! Highly recommend Mastering Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels. Very helpful read for hormone control!

    Posted on June 28, 2012 at 8:39 am

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