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Obviously, vegans and vegans-in-training like myself are abstaining from butter. I've seen various vegan recipies that use margarine in lieu of butter, but isn't part of the reason for being vegan the overall health benefit? While margarine, as far as I know, causes no distress to animals, it is made purely of chemicals, and goes through hydrogenation processes that turn it into a substance the body recognizes as a foreign. Because it is foreign, the body is unsure of how to react, and so it processes margarine into a type of fat that is actually harder to get rid of than regular fat. So while it tastes somewhat like butter, it's incredibly unhealthy.<br><br><br><br>
Myself, I've been anti-margarine longer than I've been a vegetarian. I wonder what my mashed potatoes are going to taste like this Thanksgiving, since there will be neither butter nor margarine on my plate.
 

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this probably sounds real stupid to some people but i personally care more about the animals health over mine.<br><br><br><br>
but that's not to say that i eat heaps of really unhealthy margerine or whatever, but i'm just not that caught up in getting all the right things in my diet. just as long as i am surviving i personally feel fine. i haven't been sick as a direct result of my diet or ever had a lack of energy. overall i think that i feel a lot better mentally and physically since i stopped eating animal products.
 

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there are plenty of margarines that contain neither animal products nor hydrogenated plant oils, so it doesn't have to be either or. try earth balance buttery spread!
 

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There are dairy free non-hydrogenated margarines out there. I use <a href="http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html" target="_blank">soy garden from earth balance</a>. It tastes great too.<br><br>
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In addition to what they said^^^, there are also particular alternatives that might work for different dishes. Have you tried olive oil-garlic mashed potatoes? I dunno if you like butter over your vegetables, but roasting them with a little olive oil is a great alternative.
 

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What they said. There are plenty of non-hydrogenated margarines on the market now, and <a href="http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html#p5" target="_blank">at least a few of them</a> are also vegan.
 

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it is easy to find out if a particular brand is margerine is vegan<br><br><br><br>
read the ingredients<br><br><br><br>
i've found that i don't really use margerine anyways<br><br><br><br>
the thought of butter grosses me out hard
 

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A lot of margarine is not vegan. I like Earth Balance. It's not hydrogenated and it does not contain whey.<br><br><br><br>
Nope, the big deal about veganism isn't always health. For example, not wearing a leather jacket has little to do with health. A lot of vegans -- I would argue most vegans -- are in it for ethical reasons.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Obviously, vegans and vegans-in-training like myself are abstaining from butter. I've seen various vegan recipies that use margarine in lieu of butter, but isn't part of the reason for being vegan the overall health benefit? While margarine, as far as I know, causes no distress to animals, it is made purely of chemicals, and goes through hydrogenation processes that turn it into a substance the body recognizes as a foreign. Because it is foreign, the body is unsure of how to react, and so it processes margarine into a type of fat that is actually harder to get rid of than regular fat. So while it tastes somewhat like butter, it's incredibly unhealthy.<br><br><br><br>
Myself, I've been anti-margarine longer than I've been a vegetarian. I wonder what my mashed potatoes are going to taste like this Thanksgiving, since there will be neither butter nor margarine on my plate.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"> Earth Balance! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:">
 

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Like everyone else has said, Earth Balance is expeller pressed, non-hydrogenated and vegan.<br><br><br><br>
It's also dreamy!
 

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About mashed potatoes... last Thanksgiving I made some... used plain Silk soy milk, and added garlic & pepper...-that's it! they were AWESOME! Nobody knew they were vegan. You could also mix in other veggies w/them (corn, carrots, peas, etc..) No margarine is necessary for awesome mashed potatoes!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>froggythefrog</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
A lot of vegans -- I would argue most vegans -- are in it for ethical reasons.</div>
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Most vegans don't like it much when us "health vegans" use the "vegan" title just for a dietary choice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:">
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">I use either Earth Balance or Smart Balance Light in mashed potatoes. I don't use soymilk anymore, which makes for more potato-ey mashed potatoes. A bit heavier to eat, but I like the flavor better.<br><br>
Garlic is a nice addition, and I like to vary the other spices based on my mood.<br><br>
Fresh ground black pepper is a nice thing too.<br><br><br><br>
EB tends to be a little more hard, and butter-like than SB Light. Works better for baking too, in my experience.</span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>froggythefrog</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
For example, not wearing a leather jacket has little to do with health.</div>
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Arent we overlooking the health of the steer who provided said leather jacket? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tempeh-Tantrums</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Most vegans don't like it much when us "health vegans" use the "vegan" title just for a dietary choice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"></div>
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Though I would mince words and say it is not technically correct (which I do with a lot of things irl, especially with engineers at my job), I would say that the label "vegan" has a very practical purpose when explaining to others what you eat. Disagreeing on a definition is not the same as looking down upon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Washoe</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Aren’t we overlooking the health of the steer who provided said leather jacket? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>codemonkey</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I found it at my regular grocery store.</div>
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You lucky dog! Where I live, none of the grocery chains carry it. I have to get mine at the health food store. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 
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