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I've recently cut meat from my diet and am now seriously considering removing dairy as well. Over the last week I have attempted to gradually remove dairy, but am having considerable difficulty with butter. The other dairy products haven't been problematic at removing, but butter is. I gave up margarine this past summer (switching to butter) because I felt like it was unhealthy and from it seemed that butter (in moderation) would be better from a health standpoint. Does anyone have any suggestions as to alternatives? What can I use instead? I am really interested in eating healthy.
 

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You can sub oils for butter in most recipes. And where you need something creamier & more solid, try vegetable shortening. There are some soy-based margerines as well, if you prefer to go that rout.

Good luck!
 

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Non-hydrogenated margarines, such as Earth Balance, are much healthier for you than butter (which is FULL of saturated fats; plus most of dairy's harmful aspects are the most concentrated in milk fats).
 

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Earth Balance is a vegan buttery spread that is very good and can be substituted for butter in recipes and whatnot. If you can't find that, the same company also makes a buttery spread called Soy Garden, which is also good, and I believe Smart Balance light (not the regular) margarine is also vegan, but haven't had it so can't say whether it's good or not.
 

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I LOVE Earth Balance and Soy Garden. And I was a HUGE butter consumer, no margarine or butter subs back then. I tried the Smart Balance Light but I find it definitely has a 'fake' taste to it. I couldn't even use it up...I just tossed it. But that's just me. I have an omni friend who hates EB and SG but loves the SBlight....it's really personal preference and trial and error.
 
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i think that from a health perspective, i'd choose Earth Balance over butter- its expeller pressed from non GM oils, its non hydrogenated, it has no trans fatty acids, no preservatives, and it contains a balanced blend of natural oils patented to help improve the good to bad cholesterol ratio.

there are quite a few products in the earth balance range, i like the natural buttery spread and the whipped spread, and while i haven't tried them yet, the natacol and shortening look really good too. i've never tried a soy margarine that i liked, but i'd give the soy garden a go if i saw it around too.

as a plus, earth balance tastes absolutely delicious... in the words of my omni bf... "its like butter, but its just... better".

have a look at: http://www.earthbalance.net/ if you're interested.
 

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You can even buy ORGANIC smart balance - which is what I buy. It is wonderful, and natural. I used to buy smart balance light, but noticed it has a lot of preservatives in it, so its kinda fake and not healthy seeming. :)
 

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Originally Posted by meatless View Post

according to EB's web site the products are all vegan except the natural buttery sticks, which are not "regular earth balance."

http://www.earthbalance.net/
It doesn't say "vegan" in the product description, but if you look closely at the picture of the box of buttery sticks, it says "100% Vegan" right on the box.

Whew...you scared me for a moment there! I love the buttery sticks for baking, so much easier to measure than the tub margarine!

<----- is baking vegan chocolate chip cookies right now!
 
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