The Real Deal

Do you know what made this meal perfect?

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Butter.  Real butter.  Not margarine or any of those things that claim to taste just like it.  Only butter tastes like butter.  And did you know it’s the same amount of calories as margarine?  That’s because fat is fat.  All of it is 9 calories per gram.  Sorry to get all technical on you; it’s just ingrained in me to share mind-blowing information like this.

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So you might be wondering, why eat margarine then?  Well it’s all about the type of fat.  Margarines are made with vegetable oils, the kind of fats that are healthier for your heart (as long as the trans fat has been eliminated, which most are moving towards).

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Butter on the other hand has saturated fat (the kind that comes from animals).  This is the kind of fat that’s not heart healthy.  However, in moderation it’s an okay choice.  Not gobs and gobs of it, because that would be bad.  Hurt your heart bad.  But some.

I always consider the food at hand when deciding margarine, butter, or other fat for that matter.  I treat my fats as and item that pairs well with certain foods.  Olive oil with steamed green beans, butter on good bread, margarine on grilled cheese.  You get the point.  This helps keep them all in moderation and gives me the most flavorful food.

And in case you were wondering what else was on my plate tonight:  whole wheat waffles, blueberries, and maple sausage.  Sorry no veggies tonight.  It happens to the best of us!

What fats do you use to flavor food?  Do you pair certain fats with certain foods or always go for the same kind?

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3 Comments to “The Real Deal”

  1. Butter, olive oil and coconut oil are staples for us. Margarine, shortening and vegetable oils left our house a while back, hopefully never to be seen again. The ingredient list alone on margarine freaked me out and then some. I know that it works well for some people, but I personally, would rather enjoy the real thing and cut back elsewhere.

    Your waffles look amazing and they are totally making me crave some now!

    • Mmm coconut oil!

      I am definitely trying more and more to replace “fake/diet” foods with real foods and cut back elsewhere. It’s just that the cut back elsewhere is so hard! 🙂

  2. No margarine for me!! I will use butter-but rarely. I use olive oil 98 % of the time.

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