There is Nothing Smart About Smart Balance

by Sarah healthy fatsComments: 490

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I’ve had it. Everyone has her limits and I’ve reached mine.

If one more person who claims to eat healthy tells me that she uses Smart Balance or any of those health robbing butter substitute “spreads”, I think I’m going to scream.

A loud, obnoxious, ear piercing, wine glass shattering SCREAM!

You see, there is nothing “smart” about Smart Balance, unless of course you happen to be a shareholder of the company in which case you would be very happy with the cheap, rancid, genetically modified vegetable oils that are used to manufacture this butter substitute resulting in a very low cost of production and resultantly huge profit margins.

Don’t think for one moment that Smart Balance could possibly be made in the comfort of your own kitchen the way lovely yellow butter can easily be churned from cream in a bowl with a hand mixer.

No way!  A pseudo food as complex as Smart Balance or any of the many other “spreads” on the market requires synthesis in a factory in all its high tech, food denaturing glory.  They are chemistry experiments, not food!

Get a load of the catchy marketing slogan for Smart Balance:

“The buttery taste you crave in a delicious spread that supports healthy cholesterol levels.”

Let’s see. Why do you suppose folks crave that “buttery taste” anyway?

Because they need some Real Butter, that’s why!

I know a pretty die hard vegetarian who once told me that every now and again when she craves a big, thick juicy steak, she gives in and eats one.

Smart gal. Cravings can tell us a lot about ourselves – if we’ll only listen – from the state of our gut as in the case of craving sugar and having a gut imbalance problem to craving a steak due to the complete proteins only animal foods can provide (soy is NOT a complete protein, by the way. Don’t even get me started on that one).

So, when that craving for all things buttery comes over you, it is always best to get some Real Butter and slather it on anything that seems remotely feasible at the moment. A vegan community in South Florida suffering from severe dental decay issues likes to eat raw butter straight out of the tub with a spoon, I’m told. Now, that’s a serious craving for the “buttery taste”!

What Exactly is in Smart Balance?

Let’s take a look at the ingredients in Stupid, er – I mean, Smart Balance:

“Natural oil blend (soybean, palm fruit, canola, and olive oils), water, contains less than 2% of whey (from milk), salt, natural and artificial flavor, vegetable monoglycerides and sorbitan ester of  fatty acids (emulsifiers), soy lecithin, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, dl-a-tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E),  lactic acid, beta carotene color, and potassium sorbate, and calcium disodium EDTA (to preserve freshness)”.

Shall we analyze this rather long list of ingestibles ?

  • The soybean and canola oils are almost certainly genetically modified. Frankenfood at its finest!
  • The olive oil isn’t even extra virgin olive oil and is likely cut with cheap vegetable oils like most olive oil on the market.   Can we say cheap, cheap, CHEAP?
  • Natural and artificial flavor – this must be where that “buttery taste you crave” part comes in.  Excellent stuff if you dig tricking your taste buds (newsflash, you won’t trick your tummy though.  At least not for long. You’ll be craving that “buttery taste” soon after and more than likely sticking your head in a big bowl of ice cream by 9pm).
  • Soy lecithin – yet another genetically modified ingredient.
  • Vitamin A palmitate – the synthetic form of vitamin A. Since there’s not much natural about Smart Balance in the first place, “fortification” with synthetic vitamins seems logical!
  • Vitamin D – the label doesn’t even specify what type, but I can pretty much guarantee it’s synthetic D2. Is this the wondrous vitamin D everyone – even Oprah is raving about lately? Brilliant marketing and wishful thinking doesn’t make it so.
  • Beta carotene color – the normal color for factory produced margarine like Smart Balance is a very unappetizing grey, so color is definitely needed here to fool the masses.
  • Potassium sorbate – a supposedly safe food preservative that inhibits microbial growth. Safe at least until they find it isn’t. Three cheers for being a guinea pig!
  • Calcium disodium EDTA – an organic pollutant which breaks down in the environment into ethylenediamine triacetic acid and then diketopiperazine.  Diketopiperazine is a persistent organic pollutant, similar to PCBs and DDT. Not only does Smart Balance pollute the bodies of those who eat it, it pollutes the environment too!

Butter is Always Best!

Nothing manufactured in a factory can ever beat the simple, natural, whole nutrition of plain BUTTER and other whole traditional fats. No genetically modified, artificial flavors or organic pollutant preservatives needed. Loads of natural vitamin A, D, and E that really will boost your immune system unlike the synthetic versions in margarine spreads like Smart Balance.

Be sure not to buy butter from cows fed genetically modified feed, however, like this supermarket favorite.

Grassfed butter is what you are looking for!

Butterfat is far superior to the rancid, highly processed vegetable oils in Smart Balance. While not hydrogenated, the edible oil processing , called interesterification, is still very much denaturing and is arguably worse for cardiovascular health than transfats.

On the other hand, butter, particularly grassfed butter, is one of the richest sources of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is the magical X Factor written about by Dr. Weston A. Price which is known to prevent arterial calcification which is a very strong (if not the strongest) predictor of cardiovascular disease risk, NOT cholesterol levels.

Folks with low cholesterol suffer from heart disease at the same rate as those with high cholesterol. Don’t tell that to the folks in the marketing department at Smart Balance, though. They’re doing really well with that catchy marketing slogan that associates use of Smart Balance with “healthy” cholesterol levels.

What if You Have a Dairy Allergy?

For those with dairy allergies, truly natural spreads made with unrefined traditional oils are now becoming available. This one is my favorite which blends virgin coconut oil and that anti-oxidant powerhouse, red palm oil without any additives, fillers, GMOs or destructive processing.

Once you get past the marketing hype, it sure seems that the more appropriate name for Smart Balance would be “Stupid Balance”, don’t you think?

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


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Comments (490)

  • Heather Workman

    What about those with Dairy allergies that are trying their best to get as close to butter without all the chemicals and trans fats!

    Living in the UK where theres barely any foods that are dairy free, I miss butter massively – i once in a while grit my teeth and buy Pure or Vitalite for toast and such but i always feel crap after..

    Any suggestions for Dairy free butters that aren’t harmful and loaded to the brim with Fat…?

    April 11th, 2016 7:20 am Reply
    • Sarah

      Spreads made with coconut oil or palm oil are good. This one is excellent by Nutiva:

      April 11th, 2016 10:22 am Reply
  • paula

    I don”t understand. As far as I know, this is a gmo. How come they claim it is not?

    November 7th, 2015 10:28 am Reply
  • D. Benware

    I was told by my Dr to use it for my high cholesterol! I must of know something was not right. My grandma, bless her heart, at 75 had a pacemaker put in and the dr’s were desperate to know what she eats. She had NO hardening of the arteries. She said real milk, real butter, etc.

    July 30th, 2015 1:35 pm Reply
  • Kip

    I just saw the new line of New Balance products. They still claim to be NonGMO but guess what I discovered as one of the ingredients? TBHQ!!!! Tertiary Butylhydroquinone. It is a Butane based chemical used as a preservative but was originally used to stabilize explosive compounds.

    June 5th, 2015 5:29 pm Reply
  • Denise

    People who cannot ingest cows’ milk are relegated to the side lines and forced to eat Frankenfood. I don’t have a choice.I can’t have butter once in awhile or eat something healthier. I can’t ingest cows’ milk, lactic acid, whey, cream or derivatives or anything made with milk. Whether you agree or disagree with the comments and like or dislike GMO, modified oils or think Smart Balance is Franenfood, people like me have no choice. Olive oil can’t be used for everything. I don’t eat cakes or desserts, but try making a birthday cake with olive oil frosting. I wish there were alternative, but Smart Balance is the only dairy-free margarine on the market.

    June 1st, 2015 9:21 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Try this … I really need to write a post about it. It’s a really good nondairy alternative with no junk in it.

      June 2nd, 2015 7:29 am Reply
      • anna

        Thank you for this info..same problem here..I usually use coconut oil

        June 13th, 2015 1:50 pm Reply
      • Michele

        Interesting. But can you spread it on bread?

        December 31st, 2015 11:05 pm Reply
    • Anna

      Hello Everyone,

      If you have a blender you can make your own ALL NATURAL WITH NO PALM OIL Vegan Butter.

      Seriously, Earth Balance type butters are so easy to make a Chimp could do it. I promise. Cheaper too!!!!



      May 26th, 2016 1:31 pm Reply
  • Vincent

    Well, a balanced diet is so great. I think every one should follow such a diet. I especial like the coconut in it, so nice.

    May 12th, 2015 9:52 am Reply
  • Marga

    This must be an old post…I found a Denver Post article written 3.3.2014 that says Smart Balance decided to convert to non-GMO…perhaps it’s time the original author update her concerns. I am stil interested if we are really opposed to Smart Balance or Earth balance or is it a matter or promoting butter (dairy industry?)

    April 15th, 2015 10:35 pm Reply
    • jerry

      Soy bean oil and rape seed oil (canola) are the most processed and genetically modified oils in the food industry. There is no law that states that the ingredient list on your Smart Balance has to name all of the chemical contaminants used to create those ingredients. The company is deceiving you and you are naive enough to believe it.

      May 3rd, 2015 9:47 pm Reply
  • Dan

    I wish that people who are against GMO can define specifically how it hurts your body.

    It doesn’t.

    GMO changes the genes of organisms to encode for the expression of certain qualities in food that people desire: shelf life, taste, etc.

    We’ve been doing this for thousands of years: selectively breeding crops.

    Compare a modern ear of corn or a potato with its wild ancestors, and you have a massively genetically modified organism. Heck, your dog is nothing but a genetically modified wolf.

    I don’t work for a chemical company or a food conglomerate.

    I just wish people were more scientifically educated before they try to form an opinion on a topic they don’t fully understand.

    You can’t give yourself a good healthy diet if your thinking is based on falsehoods and weird faddish likes or dislikes, accepted without explanation or reason.

    March 24th, 2015 4:58 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hybridization is not the same as genetic modification! Wow, folks are really duped about this aren’t they? Here’s an article on some of the major scientific studies showing GMOs are dangerous to health:

      March 24th, 2015 7:19 am Reply
    • amy

      Thank you for the post. Honestly, the food scientists, just keep getting more sophisticated in their lingo. Interesterification and mono and di glycerdies, new generation trans fat.

      Makes me wanna scream too!!! I’ll stick with butter thank you very much.

      March 30th, 2015 9:44 pm Reply
    • Emily

      Discouraging the use of GMO’s is about more than just what it does to your personal health. I boycott GMO’s because multinational corporations have monopolized the corn, soy and canola market in a way that is detrimental to small and large farmers. Small farms because they have industrialized agriculture in such an efficient way that it makes it nearly impossible for a small operation to compete with the insanely massive productions of these monocrop farms. Large farms because said corporations legally bind farmers into contracts that force them to make unnecessary equipment upgrades, they cannot save seeds (a practice that has been done since the dawn of human agriculture) and a whole slew of ridiculous, unnatural practices. Not to mention these corporations control the entire market for these crops so they name the price. It is simply not fair economics.

      Boycott GMO’s for fair farming practices, not for your health.

      November 16th, 2015 6:22 pm Reply
  • Laurie Swenson

    Smart Balance spreads went non-GMO nearly a year ago, but two years after this article was written. I just picked some up today because I need to lower my LDL cholesterol, although I was looking for Benecol. I’d been eating more butter lately, contemplating natural vs. highly processed, and low-carb vs. low-fat, and not really feeling that anyone has the answers (both have good points and bad points), but with my bad cholesterol too high, I’m making diet and exercise changes.

    I sympathize toward people here who have sensitivities/allergies to dairy. These sensitivities are not that unusual, because while dairy is natural, it *isn’t* natural for *us* to eat dairy, raw or otherwise, and from what I’ve read, a lot of gastro problems people have could be attributed to dairy issues. I’d rather drink almond milk (I like it both because it has less calories and has long dating — I don’t drink a lot of milk, so that’s ideal for me) than look for raw milk, even if I trusted raw milk, which I don’t (although I don’t consume non-pasturized milk, I have frequently purchased non-homogenized milk from an area dairy).

    February 8th, 2015 12:20 am Reply
  • Lorraine

    Sorry if it sounds loke I’m addressing you on the part where I’m stating about the other site
    addressing the person who commented on lowering carb and taken it easy on the oils
    many commenter on there didn’t explain anything They said
    I couldn’t send this message to the poor guy silly website
    but it shows where I feel I’ve had my final straw on all the bombarbed info that keeps popping up over the place that contradicts everything I knew about this diet plan
    and now good fat is another one added into the mix of confusion
    if anyone knows any proof or info to help me out or support my confusions and fears I would like to know more
    coz I’m feeling alone lost and confused on everything.
    there’s only so much one can take
    one thing I know is I sure feel better than I did when loaded my self with grains or carbs

    January 14th, 2015 7:01 pm Reply
  • Wendy

    Many diseases are caused by bad diet. Therefore, a balanced diet is a good start. I am a Type II diabetic and a balanced diet seems more important to me.

    October 28th, 2014 9:09 am Reply
  • Chloe

    If someone has an allergy or sensitivity to real grass-fed butter, then, in my opinion, the next best thing is organic coconut oil for stir-frys, grilling, stove-top cooking… etc.

    Organic coconut butter (or manna) is fantastic for baking.

    Coconut is pretty amazing…you can also find organic coconut flour and sugar too. (The coconut sugar is low-glycemic, but if someone has a bacterial imbalance, it might still be good to avoid sugar altogether)

    April 30th, 2014 1:25 pm Reply
  • Chloe

    YES! Excellent! This drives me crazy as well.

    You did a perfect break-down of ALL the things wrong with these butter substitutes…..we should question ALL substitutes of everything….since the ORIGINAL is usually the best.

    Canola oil could not be more toxic….it’s one of the biggest health scams of the “natural” food industry.

    Grass-fed butter was the ONLY thing that stopped my hair-loss….and I had spent over $20,000 in therapies, supplements, and different food plans before I began my LOVE OF BUTTER!

    Whoo-hoo….keep spreading this greatly needed TRUTH. Bravo to you! xo

    April 30th, 2014 1:20 pm Reply
  • christina

    This article is pretty good but it does not take into account those people, like me, who are allergic to dairy. Smart Balance is one of the only things I can use that is dairy free and still allows me the opportunity to swap it out in recipes. It is the closes taste I can get to real butter. I agree that real butter is best (and boy do I miss it) but for me, this is a pretty good substitute. If you are using it for health only, yeah, real is always best. But for those with a dietary restriction against dairy, you do what you can.

    March 17th, 2014 6:51 pm Reply
    • Larry

      I’m assuming that when you say you’re allergic to dairy here that you’re referring to butter specifically. People who have an allergy or intolerance to butter is usually because it’s pasteurized, which all butter on the shelves of stores is, unless it specifically says it’s “raw” on the package. People don’t have a problem with raw (i.e., non-pasteurized) butter. Pasteurized means it’s cooked, heated to very high temperatures. Raw butter (and raw dairy in general) costs more but is way healthier than all the cooked/pasteurized products like pasteurized butter, margarines, vegetable oils, and all the other butter substitutes. It can be difficult to find raw dairy in some states. Google it and you’ll find it. Good luck.

      June 3rd, 2014 1:21 pm Reply
      • Amanda

        It friends in the severity of the allergy. I have a dairy allergy and I can’t have any products made with or from milk, regardless of how it is prepared. When I was younger (and my allergy was mild) I was able to tolerate small amounts of raw milk, yogurt, and butter. As I have gotten older my allergy as become severe, I can’t tolerate even trace amounts without having trouble breathing.

        September 25th, 2015 10:26 pm Reply
    • Grace

      You can use ghee. It’s been stripped of the dairy element and is left with just fragrant oil.
      Either that or you could use coconut oil.

      But please, use something that comes from nature. Smart Balance ain’t it.

      June 24th, 2014 1:08 am Reply
    • Kristina

      I am SEVERELY lactose intolerant and cannot eat ANY cows milk products – be it cheese, yogurt, milk, or butter. Up until now I’ve used smart balance, but I want to find something else that is practical AND healthy. I can tolerate goats milk and yogurt and I’ve tried to find goats milk butter but I haven’t been able to find it – the brand of goats milk I buy is meyenburg. Does anyone have any suggestions – I want to change so bad but don’t know what I can substitute for smart balance ? Help please I need something I can cook with. Also, I cannot use coconut oil in cooking bc another family member is allergic.

      September 11th, 2014 11:35 pm Reply
    • misty

      Try Goats milk butter .Found at smiths or Fred Meyer stores tastes great .you can also buy it at the meyenburg web site

      June 20th, 2015 1:56 pm Reply
  • Nicholas Sampsidis

    Cold or mechanically pressed palm oil has been the oil of choice, along with olive oil (and butter), since biblical days. The widespread consumption of polyunsaturated vegetable oils, in contrast, is a 20th Century phenomenon. It is no coincidence that the epidemic of epidemic, chronic degenerative diseases coincides with it. The biochemistry behind the connection is apparent enough. Oxidants like xanthine oxidase from homogenized milk “ignite” or inflame cell membranes nourished on poly oils, including margarines and Smart Balance. Inflmmation is the start of chronic illness. Consuming quality saturated fats in butter and palm oil prevents and even remedies chronic illnesses. The advice of the AHA for the past 70 years to consume poly oils has been costly.

    March 13th, 2014 12:31 am Reply
    • Carol

      I just got my allegy blood work results back this week. Many foods came back “in the red” as those that my body is rejecting, causing me inflammatory problems and pain. Among the worst are dairy, Eggs , casein, cow and goat milk, and more… Baker’s yeast being the worst, with eggs being a close second. I will be looking for a good substitute for dairy, as I have always been an organic milk, along with butter, etc consumer. I suppose there ARE times when some foods just aren’t agreeing with our systems, and am happy there are alternatives for me to choose from in the health food grocery stores.The average grocery store does not carry breads without yeast, a good selection of non dairy cheeses and butters, etc. I will consider the Ghee. I’m also allergic to coconut, so will have to eliminate that oil for 3 months at least. It is a challenge, but am trying to re-invent my eating habits.

      January 10th, 2015 2:04 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    Hey. I know this is an old post. But maybe you’d be able to answer my question as I can’t seem to find the answer.

    What is the deal with palm shortening? (Organic of course)
    Is that a terrible oil? I’ve used it in place of butter for mashed potatoes and some frostings (as I can’t always make dairy).
    Anything to answer this would be appreciate

    March 12th, 2014 4:26 pm Reply
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    March 8th, 2014 9:48 pm Reply
  • girlie joehanson

    You are one weird woman. You go ballistic over SB. You must work for one of the big butter producing co.’s. Go eat some grass nutjob !!

    March 1st, 2014 6:38 pm Reply
    • truth be known

      I agree she is a nutjob – need to research gmo’s/hormones and other crap they give/feed the animals humans consume and the effects of it.

      August 11th, 2014 9:38 am Reply
  • anon

    i agree that a lot of fake butter is unhealthy but smart balance and earth balance are both gmo free. you should really do your research before making a post like this.

    February 27th, 2014 6:51 pm Reply
    • DW

      GMO free is a marketing gimmick. First of all I doubt very much if anything with soy beans in it is GMO free. Second if you did your research instead of listening to some nut job that post crap on the internet you would find that there is no difference in GMO grain. Third just how much butter in made from milk from cows that are only grass fed.

      May 11th, 2014 1:57 am Reply
  • janice krazon

    I love butter as much as the rest of you but I DO have to stick up for smart balance. I found out 10 years ago my cholesterol was 131. The ONLY thing I changed in my diet was the margarine I used. I switched to Smart Balance. And I use ALOT of butter and spreads. In 9 weeks my cholesterol went down to 100 and NO I do not own stock in the company. lol And the taste isn’t really bad at all….

    February 27th, 2014 7:58 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      But what type of inflammation do you have? Cholesterol is not dangerous on its own, it is dangerous with inflammation. Smart Balance can cause inflammation because of the ingredients it is made with (gmo products).

      What type of butter did you eat all the time? Was it from the store, a pasteurized homogenized butter? Or was it from the farm, from raw clean grass-fed milk from A2 cows? They are completely different, almost as different as butter and margarine. These types of butter are nothing alike, one is pure, live and full of nutrients (raw milk butter), the other is a dead processed butter (butter from the store).

      March 25th, 2014 2:00 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Mike, you can clearly see from that site that there is soybean oil in it, along with canola oil. Canola canNOT be organic, as it is a genetically modified plant. There is no “canola” plant, it is rapeseed which is a natural pesticide. Making oil from it is not healthy at all. And then they put that rancid oil in smart balance and claim it is healthy….

      February 26th, 2014 10:17 am Reply
      • Tiffaney

        Canola is a coined word.. It appeared out of nowhere and is not listed in any but the most recent reference sources.

        The flip side of the canola coin reads: “rape”! You must admit that canola sounds better than rape. The name canola disguised the introduction of rape oil to America.

        Canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat it; it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred times more toxic than soy oil.

        Canola is a semi-drying oil that is used as lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base, and as an illuminant for the slick color pages you see in magazines. It is an industrial oil and does not belong in the body!

        Canola oil has some very interesting characteristics and effects on living system! s. For example, it forms latex-like substances that agglutinate the red blood corpuscles, as does soy, but much more pronounced. Loss of vision is a known, characteristic side effect of rape oil which antagonizes the central and peripheral nervous systems=20 again like soy oil, again worse. The deterioration takes years, however. Rape (canola) oil causes emphysema respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability and blindness in animals-and humans. Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991 when it was thrown out. You may remember reading about the cows, pigs and sheep that went blind, lost their minds, attacked people and had to be shot.

        Officially, canola oil is known as “LEAR” oil – Low Erucic Acid, Rape. Industry experts love to tell how canola was developed in Canada and that it is safe to use. They admit it was developed from the rape seed, but that through genetic engineering, i.e. irradiation, it is no longer rape seed, but “cano! la” instead.

        February 26th, 2014 10:21 am Reply
      • Ki

        To my understanding there is a difference between breeding a plant a certain way and genetically modifying it. One is taken into a lab and we alter it with artificial means, and the other way is my picking out the plants with the qualities that we need and allowing them to breed together, but not modifying it ourselves. I believe the second case is true of *some* canola which would make it possible to be non-gmo.

        I’m not going to argue that one is better for you than the other because it depends on the person. I’m lactose intolerant AND allergic to cow’s milk. The runny nose, achey joints, headaches, and acne I get from butter and dairy lets me know that arguing over this is pointless–we probably shouldn’t be ingesting either. And yes, I’ve tried raw, organic, you name it…I just can’t ingest it, so when I need ‘butter’ I really don’t have another option. I bake with coconut oil, but you can’t make good garlic pasta with coconut oil. lol

        And I’m sorry if this sounds mean to the author, but calling an entire diet unhealthy because one one product that may get consumed once or twice a week or so is just a bit much. That person may have a generally healthy diet, one food won’t make or break it…unless you’re allergic to it.

        June 6th, 2014 9:24 pm Reply
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  • Kristen Marengo via Facebook

    Interestingly enough, my body no longer tolerates bad fats since we made the switch. Immediate stomach aches.

    February 17th, 2014 7:31 pm Reply
    • Francis

      I read one article that says saturated fat is bad…that is the fat that is in butter and isn’t saturated fat the one that leads to heart disease?
      So SB has the GOOD fats of poly and mono unsaturated fats yet it is viewed as BAD and butter is viewed as good..puzzling to me

      June 23rd, 2014 3:05 pm Reply
  • Kristen Marengo via Facebook

    I buy pounds of butter now (used to use the crap) and I also made tallow for the first time for homemade fries. They were awesome.

    February 17th, 2014 7:30 pm Reply
  • Deborah Horvath Rowden via Facebook

    Some of the comments on this article page just make me sigh. I am always amazed at people commenting on things they have no clue about or compare apples with oranges, so to speak! *heavy sigh* :(

    February 17th, 2014 2:33 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Armstrong via Facebook

    Disgusting! I used to eat it up until a few years ago. It’s what they taught us is Dietetics school was the healthiest. Smh!!! I’d love to go back to school and demand a refund for my “education”!!

    February 16th, 2014 9:32 pm Reply
  • Patricia Crozier Bennett via Facebook

    I’m with ya Sarah. It makes me want to scream too.

    February 16th, 2014 9:26 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

    The main thing is to give Thanks to the Lord and ask the Lord to bless your food BEFORE you eat it. He will nullify anything bad that may be in it….It’s called “Grace”.

    February 9th, 2014 8:33 pm Reply
  • Tina

    Butter is just as cruelly made as any product obtained from animals. The cows are artificially inseminated and kept pregnant so they may produce milk for dairy products. Their babies are ripped away from them, and often sold to slaughter for veal. Once a cow can no longer produce offspring, she is also killed for human consumption. Many times the cows stand in their own excrement and are rarely allowed out to pasture. The amount of antibiotics consumed by them is disgusting and part of the reason superbugs are occurring. Humans ingest so many antibiotics through the foods we eat, we can’t fight off infections. So butter is not better, it’s cruel.

    January 31st, 2014 11:44 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      I don’t know what animals you are referring to, but our cows are not treated this way at all. They live long healthy happy lives, prancing in the fields, live a long time, aren’t kept pregnant like you state… But in CAFOs, they are treated that way. But when you are talking raw milk and healthy for you butter, you are NOT talking about CAFO cows/pasteurized/homogenized milk. You are talking grass fed A2 cows that are healthy and happy.

      Since you aren’t feeding them grain, you don’t cause them to get sick, therefore you don’t have to give them antibiotics, therefore milk production is not decreased, meaning you don’t have to give them growth hormones. All by feeding them what they are supposed to eat, which is GRASS! Butter is better, and it is not cruel….

      February 26th, 2014 10:28 am Reply
    • mks281

      Don’t forget the pollution factor from these dairies! In Central Texas the run off was so bad the EPA had to get involved and it was quite a battle since those good ol’ boys had a lot of local sway.

      November 17th, 2014 12:51 pm Reply
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  • wilma

    Try taking margarine cover it( so bugs don’t get in it) and set outside. No matterhow long it sits there uit won’t ruin, mold or anything. That should tell you something.

    January 19th, 2014 9:56 am Reply
  • Orquesta Borinquen

    I ωas recommended this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this
    post is written by him аs nobody else know such detailed аbout my difficulty.
    You’re wonderful! Thanks!

    January 3rd, 2014 9:25 am Reply
  • Amy Todisco

    Here’s a good article about why butter is better from Dr. Mercola.

    December 31st, 2013 5:15 pm Reply
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  • William

    I liked butter, natural butter. Still like it. But there’s something in cow and goat milk, even in whey derived from it, that I don’t tolerate well. Sometimes cooking will alter it enough to make it ok to eat, in the cases of many breads and cakes. And SB contains some whey, but I don’t seem to have any issues with.

    BUT, I had asthma for most of my life… until a clever doctor figured out it was caused by dairy. I had rarely gone a day without dairy for 30 years. But, when I cut it out of my diet.. no more asthma.

    So, products like Smart Balance are popular with those of us who developed a taste for dairy, but find it is dangerous to us….

    December 23rd, 2013 2:58 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      You say natural butter, do you mean butter made from raw milk from grass fed cows? Or butter at the store from pasteurized homogenized milk? If from the store/pasteurized/homogenized, that is very common.

      Most people are able to have raw butter and raw milk. And if you find it is a casein allergy/sensitivity, you are likely able to have raw goat milk/butter instead.

      Raw milk cures asthma, pasteurized homogenized milk causes asthma….

      February 26th, 2014 10:24 am Reply
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  • Teresa

    Just to let everyone know SMART BALANCE ownes Udi’s Bread (GF YES GF) and Glutino Brand – I’m surprised!!!!!

    November 27th, 2013 12:24 pm Reply
  • Corissa

    What a shame you are teaching your kids to murder. The dairy industry is very cruel, using a non dairy marg is definitely more humane. I teach my kids compassion to all animals, not just some that we class as pets. They are all beautiful sentient beings that cry when their calves are ripped from them so they can keep producing massive quantities of milk for greedy humans that are not calves! Their calves are branded, left in pens and sold as veal for more greedy humans to murder. Maybe you should consider if taste is more important than torture and murder.

    November 26th, 2013 7:45 pm Reply
    • ed

      You are really, really confused about how things work.

      Dairy cows have long, productive lives. They produce milk which gives up cream, butter, cheese. And generally so do their calves.

      Get real about life.

      February 6th, 2014 10:39 am Reply
      • Tiffaney

        But you are EACH talking about two different things.

        Corissa you are speaking of CAFO cows, grain fed, A1 cows who are sick, full of antibiotics, etc, that you HAVE to pasteurize their milk otherwise you WILL get sick from it, which increases ear infections, increases mucus in your body, causes obesity, sickness, etc….

        Ed, you are talking about grass fed, A2 cows who are happy and healthy. Milk that is healthy, raw, able to cure TB, has probiotics, able to regulate blood pressure/sugar, able to reverse obesity, able to fix psoriasis, etc…

        I don’t think anyone on this page is talking about getting butter from the cows that Corissa is speaking about. We are all talking about the cows that Ed is speaking about. We need to know and understand each side. But NOT get them confused.

        I love grass fed A2 Jersey cow milk, full of cream, healthy (doesn’t create mucus like the CAFO, A1 milk (and dairy products made from it) is VERY healthy and is NOTHING like the dairy products at the store that many buy from.

        February 6th, 2014 10:53 am Reply
      • Grace

        Ed – you are the one that is confused hun! Dairy cows have long productive lives alright – they are kept pregnant 24/7 so that you can have that milk you think you need so desperately. Those calves they give birth to are taken away immediately after birth to be kept in small boxes so that their muscles stay tender! When a diseased, spent cow is finished being milked, she is hauled off for slaughter in very cruel ways. Enjoy those items your cherish but don’t live under the guise that these animals are treated well. At least take a look at what you are doing, if you have the guts. There are thousands of videos taken by undercover workers that will show you the truth, take a look on you tube. All those foods you listed cause grave harm to animals and the planet alike.

        February 8th, 2014 11:08 pm Reply
        • Tiffaney

          Grace, you are speaking of CAFO cows, grain fed, A1 cows who are sick, full of antibiotics, etc, that you HAVE to pasteurize their milk otherwise you WILL get sick from it, which increases ear infections, increases mucus in your body, causes obesity, sickness, etc…. They are forcefully impregnated, etc.

          Ed is talking about grass fed, A2 cows who are happy and healthy. Milk that is healthy, raw, able to cure TB, has probiotics, able to regulate blood pressure/sugar, able to reverse obesity, able to fix psoriasis, etc… They naturally get pregnant when they choose, they are milked along side allowing their babies to fed as well (again the RAW milk, not pasteurized).

          You are talking about such completely different things. CAFO dairy cows are NOT happy or healthy, raw milk farm dairy cows ARE happy and healthy.

          March 25th, 2014 1:54 pm Reply
  • Jenna

    Sarah, Thank you for your information. However, please read the following from Earth Balance, completely unrelated to Smart Balance. They are committed to avoiding GMO’s.

    November 21st, 2013 12:12 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      But they are using canola oil by their label. That can’t be organic…. Not possible….. So they are not following what they say how this is organic….

      February 26th, 2014 10:29 am Reply
  • Nancy

    I am not a vegan. I think if you want to keep healthy, balanced diet is very important. I eat fruits, vegetables but l also don’t refuse meats and margarine. They give me enough energy and nutrition.

    November 7th, 2013 6:12 pm Reply
  • animalsarenotfood

    “Butter is always best” —- Not so much for the cow.

    November 2nd, 2013 11:24 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      If you’ve ever been to a grassbased farm, the cows are very happy and well cared for. They do not mind milking at all!

      November 2nd, 2013 1:04 pm Reply
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    November 1st, 2013 5:04 am Reply
  • Nicholas Sampsidis

    Dear Mary Elizabeth,
    In my 40 years of work, I have never seen or heard of an allergy to clarified butter or ghee. Other dairy products and cow’s milk all of the time; goat or sheep, very rare. Replacing dairy besides butter with spread you’re substituting one poison for another that will manifest itself, sooner or later, with a chronic inflammatory disease. Wish you luck through the minefield of chronic ills.

    October 27th, 2013 9:36 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      agreed!!!! They don’t understand….

      November 1st, 2013 10:43 am Reply
  • Mary Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

    If I could use and eat sweet delicious BUTTER, believe me, I would. However, at the age of 57 I developed a few very serious Food Allergies, including the allergy to DAIRY (cow, sheep, goat,). Fortunately or unfortunately, however you look at this, the only product that works as a butter for me now is Smart Balance LITE (which has absolutely no DAIRY in it at all). SO, like it or not, for someone like me who can’t in any way take the chance of putting DAIRY in my mouth, Smart Balance LITE is a blessing.

    October 23rd, 2013 5:54 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      When you speak of cow, goat, sheep, do you mean pasteurized milk, or raw milk?

      October 29th, 2013 3:47 pm Reply
      • Luis C.

        “do you mean pasteurized milk, or raw milk?” Does it matter? Do raw peanuts or pasteurized peanuts give you allergies? Duh! If you are allergic to something it doesn’t matter if it’s heated or not!!

        This raw milk thing is so annoying. Not raw milk doesn’t cure disease. We are not calves and we also lack the proper enzymes to fully digest dairy. Just because you don’t get the shits doesn’t mean it’s all good. It’s time to ween off the tit, you’re to old for that. You can easily make dairy free substitutes like almond, hazelnut or brazil nut drinks at home.

        I do eat cheeses though as those are fermented and only in small quantities, but for drinking I use Almond “milk” all day long baby!!! By the way it’s pasteurized. But when I make it at home it is raw but we drink it right away.

        October 31st, 2013 3:29 pm Reply
        • Tiffaney

          That is exactly the point though. We don’t make lactase to digest milk, but it IS in raw milk. So saying you have an allergy to pasteurized milk is much more common. Now if you have a casein sensitivity, then goat milk is more than likely okay for you.

          November 1st, 2013 10:42 am Reply
  • pris

    I was raised on butter, had very bad allergies. I don’t so much now with SB. I can now maintain with allergy meds. Although when ever I go out to eat a pancake breakfast I will use butter since it’s once in a great while.

    October 15th, 2013 5:04 pm Reply
  • Michael


    Whether EDTA is an ‘organic pollutant’ or not is in a sense a matter of semantics, but it certainly isn’t true that “Diketopiperazine is a persistent organic pollutant, similar to PCBs and DDT.” Diketopiperazines (plural — it is not one substance, but a class) are small peptides, entirely biodegradable, synthesized by most organisms on earth, including mammals. Many of them were found in soil microorganisms and turned into natural “drugs” earlier in the last century, and they continue to be a source of such.

    Also, the organic version of smart balance contains no EDTA, nor added vitamins of which you seem suspicious for no clear reason.

    October 4th, 2013 8:57 am Reply
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  • Jessica

    That’s how I was raised too. Margarine was part of every meal. I don’t believe though that vegans is the way to go. Eating meat is necessary to keep you healthy and it’s the way nature works.

    September 16th, 2013 3:49 am Reply
    • David

      Please cite sources where you find this info. I’d be interested to read more. Thanks! :)

      January 18th, 2014 9:02 pm Reply
    • Grace

      I am a vegan. Eating meat is not necessary to keep you healthy. And its not the way nature works. Humans do not have the teeth to eat meat. Their jaw is not made to eat meat. Our teeth are blunt, squared off whereas a carnivore or omnivore has sharp pointed teeth. You may want to take a look at this chart which shows the difference physiology between plant eaters and meat eaters. You will be surprised.

      February 8th, 2014 10:57 pm Reply
    • Michael

      This is pure mis-information. Eating meat is NOT necessary to keep you healthy… And there are a lot of things in nature that don’t always work out in the best interest of our species so let’s not fall back on the “It’s natural argument” – should we allow murder and violence in general because we are a naturally aggressive animal?

      The fact of the matter is human’s desire for meat is far outpacing our ability to safely produce it… hence the rise of factory farms. Anyone who eats meat has shielded themselves from the horrors of what goes on in them.

      Eating meat, or any animal product is not necessary for survival. I haven’t eaten meat in 25 years and I’ve been vegan for 3. I’d wager a bet that I am as healthy as any meat eater (probably healthier).

      Regardless, it’s amazing to me that it’s possible to live a longer and healthier life by NOT eating (or harming or stressing or abusing) animals and still people choose cruelty over reason.

      March 25th, 2014 9:19 am Reply
  • Brandy Sullivan

    Earth Balance prides themselves on Zero GMO’s and it’s 100% natural. There is no relation between the Smart Balance and Earth Balance company. I find it interesting that you grouped the two together in your first paragraph. Smart Balance, however, is crap. No one should be craving butter. They may be craving calcium, as your veggie friend may be craving protein.

    September 13th, 2013 12:47 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      So canola oil is 100% natural and healthy??? That’s not correct at all….

      February 26th, 2014 10:36 am Reply
  • Gcw

    with all due respect, all your info works fine unless you have a dairy allergy and butter can be life- threatening to you. there are many reasons people use butter substitutes. I find it unfair that you do not include that in your “teachings “

    September 12th, 2013 2:29 pm Reply
    • Nicholas Sampsidis

      Dairy allergy is usually an allery to proteins in milk and cheese. There is also lactose intolerance – the inability to break down a sugar in some persons. I have yet to hear of an allergy to butterfat, composed mainly of medium chain fatty acids, so enjoy this God-given food. In contrast, man-made margarine can be life-threatening following continued use. Trans-fats can only form from polyunsaturated vegetable oils (as those in margarines), not from saturated fat – high school bio 101.

      September 13th, 2013 2:04 pm Reply
    • Mary Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

      This is exactly my point – LIVE-THREATENING, thank you ! If I eat DAIRY, my pulse and BP go through the roof and if I didn’t have my medication with me to double up on, I would be in the ER or worse. This situation is no joke. If you only use this product sparingly, you would have no problem. I normally ONLY use Extra Virgin Olive Oil – it doesn’t work though for all foods.

      October 23rd, 2013 6:05 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Is this pasteurized dairy or raw dairy?

      October 29th, 2013 3:49 pm Reply
  • Nicholas Sampsidis

    Cholesterol is so vital for the integrity of cell membranes and tissues, especially in nerves and brain, for the production of male and females hormones, and for cycles of healing, during inflammatory illnesses like atherosclerosis, arthritis and Alzheimer’s, that the liver works overtime to manufacture it.
    If there are one or two savvy businessmen out there, the idea of making and marketing a cholesterol supplement could prove lucrative. Correct, in industrial societies the mindset to lower cholesterol consumption has left much of the populace sick because livers are exhausted from working overtime. I see it in patients complaining of one or more chronic degenerative diseases, every day. Chronic illnesses are epidemic because of wrong choices made by persons prompted by Madison Avenue, led astray at the outset by clueless physicians rehashing the cholesterol myth.
    One other item, calcium disodium EDTA in Smart Balance, like citric acid, is used in the deodorization and hydrogenation steps in oil processing to chelate trace metals that can catalyze rancidity. Since the oils used in margarines are a cheap grade – if not already rancid as one reader suggested – it is especially important not to allow the consumer to get a whiff of the margarine’s condition after the lid on the container is opened. Be smart by balancing out Smart Balance.

    September 7th, 2013 11:39 pm Reply
    • Margaret

      However saying BUTTER is good for you is misleading as well, saying that cholesterol in foods like BUTTER does not hurt you is dangerously incorrect. Our bodies make cholesterol, we do not need to add more to it.

      September 12th, 2013 6:15 pm Reply
      • Nicholas Sampsidis

        About 80% of the cholesterol in the human system is made by the liver, between 800 and 1500 mg daily; 20% comes from food. When a person goes on a low-cholesterol diet or takes statin drugs to lower cholesterol, the liver is forced to produce more. A high cholesterol diet allows the liver “rest” and produce less. The human system is not suicidal – quite the opposite — so it should be clear that the liver does not produce cholesterol to cause damage to any organs or tissues.

        The results of a major study published last year (August 24, 2012) in Atherosclerosis show that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs increase the severity of atherosclerosis by 52% as confirmed in 6,673 study subjects. Again, cholesterol is the body’s band-aid, much-needed for healing. It plugs holes in arteries, nerves and connective tissue (skin, bones, joints, etc.). When cholesterol is in short supply the body employs calcium instead of cholesterol. Calcium makes arteries brittle and liable to breakage. This is just one reason why increased calcification of arteries occurs in persons taking statin drugs.

        These disturbing findings come right on the heels of another study published in the journal Diabetes Care which discovered that type 2 diabetics with advanced atherosclerosis who are frequent statin users have significantly higher amounts of coronary artery calcification compared to less frequent users of the drug.

        Consume butter and eggs and enjoy. (Persons with chronic inflammatory disease might be best avoiding the whites of eggs because of the sulfur content. Sulfur is inflammatory because it enhances xanthine oxidase activity).

        Suggested reading: “Homogenized Milk and Atherosclerosis,”

        September 13th, 2013 1:48 pm Reply
        • Margaret

          This article that you posted says NOTHING about Diabetics. I think you need to rethink what you post.

          September 13th, 2013 3:27 pm Reply
          • Nicholas Sampsidis

            Dear Margaret,
            The info in Diabetes Care connecting increased artery calcification in frequent statin users, Type II diabetics specifically can be found on the following link:
            Diabetes Care. 2012 Nov;35(11):2390-2. doi: 10.2337/dc12-0464. Epub 2012 Aug 8.
            “Progression of vascular calcification is increased with statin use in the Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial (VADT).”

            September 15th, 2013 3:51 pm
  • kim

    I agree that the vegan options described above (esp. GMO ingredients) aren’t good for one’s body. However, the process through which we make butter from milk obtained during factory farming from cows is extremely not healthy for the cows. They have to be forcibly impregnated and then the calf is removed from them so humans can take their milk. That calf might either become veal by being kept immobile to minimize muscle buildup. Or, if female, will be subjected to a life of further confinement for milk production until it is too old to produce milk and is slaughtered. Awesome. All so we can have butter? Which isn’t good for you either. Lame.

    September 4th, 2013 11:43 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      You are assuming that we get butter (or make butter) using milk from CAFOs (pasteurized homogenized milk) which is not true for most concerned about their health. Most use fresh raw milk from a local farm, from cows/goats that are grass fed, not sick, don’t use antibiotics, aren’t fed growth hormones, etc. Most of us wouldn’t use factory milk to have butter, or buy butter made with factory milk….

      Raw milk, butter from grass fed cows, fresh eggs, etc, are ALL VERY good for you. Factory milk, butter and eggs are bad for you.

      September 6th, 2013 10:38 am Reply
    • Margaret

      Butter is high in fat, never being healthy for anyone, I just don’t get what all the hoop-la is about when it comes to butter………….just stay away from it all and everyone will be heading up the road to healthiness.

      September 10th, 2013 4:37 pm Reply
  • annjay

    I use marmite.. you should too :)

    September 4th, 2013 4:42 am Reply
  • Jocelyn

    I’ll admit I’ve got a tub of it in my fridge right now. But the last I opened it I notice how the color had changed, it seemed to glow, and when I skimmed that off what was under it was much much lighter. I thought “ick!” and reached for the real butter. The reason I used it to start with was because one of my “dieting” family members said it was good, and good for you.
    I’ve always been a fan of the real stuff, butter, real whole eggs, whole cheese… And that’s what I’m gonna stick with.

    August 27th, 2013 3:37 am Reply
  • Chris

    There are some margarine that are lower in Sat Fat and Trans Fat than butter. Right?

    August 21st, 2013 12:54 pm Reply
  • Chris

    Is there a butter blend out there? Also I know Earth Balance is a margarine (a butter sub) and GMO free how does it taste?
    A thought, grass fed cow can be eating GMO grass! More I read more I find there is nothing wrong with the GMO out there now. Not saying that one day someone make a GMO that back fire..

    August 21st, 2013 12:44 pm Reply
  • Chris

    I came on here to try to learn more about different kind of margarine and this is what I have found out. Genetically Modified was used a lot on this blog. My findings you better not got to the grocery store because 80-90% of the foods have some kind of GM in them. even the fruits and vegetables are GM. The reality is we been eating GM for years with no down side. Going to restaurant is a no no also if you don’t want to eat GM. Planting your own food. If the seeds does not say GM free then your planting GM.
    The truth is margarine have been out since 1969 and had no down side since. I have read 100’s of Article on margarine and none of them state any heath problem. The only down side is hydrogenated oil or partly hydrogenated oil. Which I found out may cause problems, but Smart Balance dose not use that process and other manufactures are turning away from that process.
    The other lie I found out reading the post on here is “margarine being one molecule away from plastic”. From the research I found that it is not even close to becoming plastic. If anything it is closer to butter than plastic. It was just someone saying it over and over people thought it was true but fare from it.

    My over all conclusion is Margarine (the non hydrogenated type) is good sub for butter. With that said yes you can make other home made or some places buy other butter sub but most areas your only going to find margarine and a lot of people are not going to take the time to make their own sub. If I eat margarine it is not for the vitamins but I want a butter sub. I get plenty of vitamins from my food, which most likely are GM.

    August 21st, 2013 9:39 am Reply
    • Chris

      Some asked how to make or where to buy butter sub other than margarine. When I was searching around I came across a Vegan website/forum. one of the posters post some products but it seem to be very localized since I am not able to find it where I am at. Places i would look would be your specialty food markets, or maybe your local wholefood.
      Also there was a post on how to make a butter sub. I quickly look at the ingredient and it look like an olive oil base spread. I did not book mark the site and I am trying to remember how I got there now….

      August 21st, 2013 1:40 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Are you sure about your vitamin intake? Most food today are nutritionally void of necessary minerals and vitamins. Do you know what your vitamin D3 level is? Anything below 20 ng/ml is deficient. You want to be at least at 50, but around 70-80 ng/ml is ideal. And 90-100 ng/ml cures disease like cancer.

      November 4th, 2013 9:15 am Reply
  • Diana Piana

    I subscribe to the Weston A. Price theory of eating good fats, etc. We used to buy raw milk as we heard it would help with his allergies and I have made butter from raw cream. HOWEVER, with the realization that he has a dairy allergy (and we’ve tried ghee for him also) and he seems to also react to coconut oil, we now default to Earth Balance in lieu of having him eat dry toast and dry baked potatoes. We do use the soy free version. Would love to eat raw butter but, unfortunately, can’t. Do you have another suggestion regarding what to replace Earth Balance with?

    August 19th, 2013 3:39 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      lard, palm shortening, etc. Have you tried those? Did you make the ghee yourself or buy it? If you made it yourself, was it with A1 or A2 milk? Was all the milk protein removed, or could trace amounts have been left over in the ghee?

      August 19th, 2013 5:45 pm Reply
      • Margaret

        Lard is TERRIBLE for you…………..PURE animal FAT!!!

        September 10th, 2013 5:02 pm Reply
        • Tiffaney

          Lard from a CAFO animal IS junk, I agree.

          But Lard from Grass fed cows is VERY healthy for you.
          Items from grass fed cows, inlcluding milk, bone broth, etc can and DOES even cure cavities, promote health and healing for your gut, and so much more.

          November 4th, 2013 9:13 am Reply
  • Danielle

    I must admit that I found this almost offensive! As a mother of a 15 month year old baby that is undergoing test after test after test for severe milk allergy, I was RELIEVED to find a SPREAD that may be a possible alternative for him! So in that aspect, it is SMART for us! Unless you have a milk intolerance or allergy, or other food related conditions, yourself or your CHILD, you may not fully understand the simple, small joy of finally finding something your child may be able to eat!
    Just the thoughts of a concerned mother…

    August 1st, 2013 8:39 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Have you tried ghee, which is butter, but with NO milk products? Also, is the baby allergic to casein, or just lactose? If just lactose, you should be able to use raw milk, as it is normally the pasteurization process that most people can’t tolerate. If casein sensitive/allergic, have you tried raw goat’s milk?

      August 1st, 2013 11:13 am Reply
  • Sarah

    I was incredibly interested to read an answer to this question but frankly, when I went to look up your sources, I was disappointed in their quality.

    July 18th, 2013 10:56 am Reply
  • Taj


    Could you speak about Smart Balance Peanut Butter? Is in unhealthy as well? Could anyone comment regarding this?

    July 17th, 2013 12:55 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      What are the ingredients? If they are peanuts and salt, it is probably good. But few have only two ingredients… Would be better to make your own, or make another nut butter. So many are sensitive to peanuts, and peanuts are prone to issues with mold… I personally love making my own cashew butter. What types of nuts do you like to eat? Start with that, clean them, put in food processor, add a bit of salt if you wish, and then blend. Stop it occasionally to stir. Stop mixing when it is the consistency that you like. If you need it more creamy, you can either add honey, bit of coconut oil, etc to help smooth it out.

      September 6th, 2013 10:42 am Reply
  • Theresa

    I totally agree with you here, but I was looking for this information written in a more gentle way as someone I love has bought the Smart Balance lie and I would love to find a graceful way to speak the truth. Do you have any suggestion?

    July 17th, 2013 12:20 pm Reply
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  • Chris

    I am nether for or against smart balance. I would have to say when I read something like “almost certainly genetically modified” make me wonder. It is ether it is or is not. If your not sure don’t say so. It make me wonder if your just bias against Smart Balance. There are other assumptions on this Article also. Personal I use butter but have been look in to using margarine for my non-baking items. After reading this article it seem more like a rant then informative.

    July 8th, 2013 10:40 am Reply
  • Dee

    I agree with everything in this article. I am a holistic nutritionist and I wrote an article similar to this once (and a book about processed-free foods). I recently received this request from one of my readers: “I am allergic to the proteins in cow’s milk and can’t eat butter. My kids don’t like coconut anything. Any suggestions for butter substitutes besides margarine. Earth balance organic has been my “go to” sub. I may not be willing to give this one up. Help ”

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    July 8th, 2013 6:16 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Is she allergic to the protein in pasteurized milk, or in raw milk? Is she drinking Holstein milk (A1 milk), or Jersey milk (A2 milk)? There is a big difference in the proteins from one to another, and while raw A1 milk might be okay, it is very bad for you when pasteurized. A2 milk, even pasteurized, is much better for you, and less likely to have a reaction to the proteins in it. Also, if she has had A2 raw milk, has she tried raw goat milk??

      Most who can’t handle butter can still handle ghee.

      July 12th, 2013 10:44 am Reply
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  • jennifer

    Your “meat” is made in a factory. ..

    June 24th, 2013 2:36 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Not if you buy it straight from the farmer that took your grass fed cow to the butcher… Traditional meat, sure, is made in a factory, but not everyone eats that way… Especially those who are concerned with health….

      June 25th, 2013 1:00 pm Reply
      • Katherine Brock

        Eating meat from WHATEVER source is supporting horrible cruelty to animals. We love our dogs and cats and wouldn’t dream of eating them. What’s the difference, really, to other warm-blooded, thinking, feeling animals? Think about this, please. We are finding out that vegans can be very healthy.

        July 21st, 2013 2:04 am Reply
        • Margaret Vonnahme

          Or vegetarians, I do not eat meat of any kind. However I do eat eggs and cheese. There is no killing of animals to get eggs and cheese.

          August 3rd, 2013 1:48 pm Reply
        • Jarod S

          I tease my cat about her nickname being “Emergency Food Supply #4”.

          September 10th, 2013 3:57 pm Reply
      • grace

        At Margaret Vonnahme – you need to look at those egg and cheese statistics you are using. No animals – huh! Where do they get the whey for the cheese? What do they do with the male chicks? Just two questions you may want to pose before you say you are not killing animals. Even those small free range farms have to do something with those male chicks. There is no use for them. And before you ask – they do not use the same breed of chickens that lays eggs to be used for meat. So the eggs of hen laying females are destroyed right after sexing. One way they kill them is a macerator which grinds them up alive. And if your cheese has whey or casein in it, you’ve also done harm. So unless you are using cheese that is certified vegan your cheese has whey or casein.

        February 8th, 2014 10:47 pm Reply
      • Michael

        This is what everyone says… but I have yet to see a real movement of people shifting their cheap food expectations toward buying organic and grass fed. It’s a lie that people tell themselves to assuage their guilt.

        Also, let’s be clear. The author asks, “Why do you suppose folks crave that “buttery taste” anyway?” – as if that is some justification for eating butter.

        Just because one craves something doesn’t mean it’s needed or natural. Ask a cocaine addict or that person who craves their 2 liter of coke every day.

        March 25th, 2014 9:13 am Reply
        • Tiffaney DeAmicis

          It is a lie that we get grass fed beef and grass fed milk? That is far from the truth. I go to my farm every two weeks to get 14 gallons of raw grass fed milk from A2 cows that are happy and healthy, and not forcefully impregnated. I buy a 1/4 cow each year, about to get one in a few weeks actually and it is completely grass fed and amazingly better than the junk meat they sell at the store.

          Cheap food is not cheap in the long run. Quality food is expensive but healthy for you.

          There are some cravings that are addictions, and some cravings that mean something. Like if you crave chocolate, you are likely needing magnesium. You should look at your cravings and determine what they are telling you.

          March 25th, 2014 1:49 pm Reply
        • Tiffaney

          Any way you can remove my last name from the above post? And then remove this post asking you to? Thank you!!!! 😀

          March 25th, 2014 1:55 pm Reply
    • Patriot Lady

      I don’t eat meat.

      October 27th, 2013 9:00 am Reply
  • Francis

    next time I will keep these tips in mind while shopping..

    June 13th, 2013 8:30 am Reply
  • Kit

    I’m sorry but after reading this I was a little frustrated and had to make a comment. I’m a vegan and i’m not one of those people that go and try to preach or whatever and go after those that decide to eat meat, hell my boyfriend eats meat he’ll cook up a steak in front of me and I don’t care quite so much sure I would I rather he didn’t, but i’m not going to impose my views on him. You also never mention raw butter in here, I see it in the comments but in your article you just say butter is better…but its not with all the hormones and other crap they add in there. Also soy is a complete protein as well as quiona you don’t need meat to live, if your friends craving juicy steak and you think its because she doesn’t get enough protein it means she needs some more variety in here diet. there is something called the all or nothing rule and it has to do with the synthesizing of amino acids, if you don’t have all the ones need your body will just dump them no protein will be made, but you can get them from a combination of fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. Palm oil is actually good for you and is also a good weight loss tool when used in moderation of course you should go for the non gmo and organic. also just for the record because we eat so much meat and dairy did you know that a couple years ago the government in Colorado wanted to kill the last of the wild horses in this country because they were eating the grass that was used to feed that cattle? Eating everything in a variety( no body should be eating a whole tub of butter) and in its most natural state is key…but I do agree that any kind of Frankien-food is bad and thank you for spreading that message.

    June 5th, 2013 12:45 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Do you mean fermented soy? Or GMO soy that is in most foods right now?

      November 4th, 2013 9:18 am Reply
    • Marie

      I like your comment. I just received PETA literature regarding a vegan diet and how it benefits the planet. If people only realized how many resources are used up to feed cattle. Very sad.

      January 28th, 2014 4:43 pm Reply
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  • Michael

    I’m just going to say, your body’s “cravings” are completely psychological. Appetite is not a physiological process, it’s psychological. Hunger is the physiological state of wanting food, but cravings are not driven by anything physiological. There is no evidence to support the claim that if you want a certain food your body probably needs it.

    April 18th, 2013 6:53 pm Reply
    • lin

      I use to crave dark chocolate but after being on magnesium supplement for a while my cravings for chocolate diminished; Cocoa powder provides 499mg of magnesium (125% DV) per 100 gram serving; coincidence?

      May 8th, 2013 8:25 pm Reply
  • John

    Is there anything healthy you would recommend for mixing with butter to make it more spreadable? I’ve read you can mix in canola, extra light olive oil etc. but I’m not sure which would be best if any at all.

    March 26th, 2013 11:01 am Reply
    • John

      After reading through more of the comments here, I bought a butter bell. I love it.

      March 27th, 2013 5:14 pm Reply
      • Tiffaney

        I was excited to learn about that… I want one now! 😀 I was going to make my own spreadable butter like you were, and was thinking about using grapeseed oil or sunflower oil, but wasn’t sure about it yet… The butter bell is a much better idea and give you pure butter! 😀

        May 7th, 2013 12:50 pm Reply
  • ginger

    I agree that Smart Balance is toxic in every way, but I have to disagree with your lumping Earth Balance into your diatribe. Earth Balance makes an organic, non-GMO spread that is 0g Trans fat. It’s a good solution for strict vegetarians and those with dairy allergies, in my opinion. Your argument that people should just give in and have real butter is also ill-advised. I challenge you to do a little research on how the dairy industry maintains its currently over-strained system of production. It just isn’t sustainable on its current course.

    March 24th, 2013 3:29 pm Reply
    • Tiffr

      I highly doubt that she means go get some butter from the store.

      I am pretty sure she means get butter from a grass fed cow milk farm, or get raw milk and make your own butter.

      November 4th, 2013 9:19 am Reply
  • Optimus

    Dear Everyone / Morons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! READ THIS !!!!!!!!!!


    Cholesterol and SATURATED FAT have NOTHING ~!!!!!!!!! to do with heart disease. PROVEN time and time again ! Look up ” Cholesterol HOAX” or “SATURATED FAT HOAX”
    on GOOGLE . Research for youself if you want to help you family survive. Why the fuk do you think so many people are sick when america switched to what we were told is healthy and we got more sick ! ? ? Cmon now, you can’t be that friggin stupid .

    Your BRAIN and BODY NEEDS saturated fat and cholesterol for MANY functions.
    LDL and HDL aren’t even cholesterol, they are PROTEINS !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Its a FACT that people with HIGHer cholesterol LIVE THE LONGEST !
    Not only that, cultures that eat saturated fat and meat that is natural LIVE the longest.

    VACCINES are the other culprit of DISEASE just as much as the cholesterol HOAX!

    in the early 1900’s Americans eat Saturated fat, used Lard, Natural Butter, Grass fed MEAT, in SEASON vegetables and in season fruits.

    When the INDUSTRY switched to (rancid) OILS America’s Heart Disease SKYROCKED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Wake the FUCK UP MORONS.. ! Your Government, the American Heart ASsociation, the FDA and the Pharmaceutical industry were and are ALL in BED with Eachother.

    Watch you family die from heart disease and cancer when they are eating every food created with Vegetable oil, seed oils, Corn oil, Soybean oil !

    The original studies were such bullshit that all it took were stupid people reading a paper, watching the TV telling them or a government agency.

    Shame how disgustingly unhealthy we have become and we watch our family members have a SHite quality of life from their 50’s !!! When their parents and grandparents weren’t all SICK ALL THE TIME !!!!

    You going to be a hippie and “save the cute animals” that GOD gave us to thrive, keep your miserable PRIDE for the sake of ” not being wrong ” .

    Of you could do some research and THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX and SAVE your family from SUFFERINg

    LOOK at ALL of the food in your pantry and SEE how much of it is $$ spoiled with Corn Oil, Vegetable oil, Seed oils etc etc. Just look at the soups, the potato chips and other things.

    Think of all the fast food joints, they cook their food in VEGETABLE OIL / other olis..~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!

    Watch everyone die or do something…

    PRIDE is disgusting, being humble is responsible and respectable.

    Cheers and God bless…..

    March 20th, 2013 4:04 am Reply
    • Kalama Halamezad

      Maybe the history I’m familiar with is different than the one you are.

      In the history I know the shift from lard/milk fats to vegetable fats occurred in response to high prevalence of cardiovascular disease and cancer that was associated with saturated fats.

      So your main argument doesn’t make a lick of sense in that context. Cancer and cardiovascular disease were already rampant prior to the switch. Naturally you also totally failed to mention that the “vegetable oils” you’re demonizing are chemically-altered fats developed to have the same physical properties as the original “bad” animal fats. Not surprisingly, these fats also became associated with adverse outcomes. And naturally, now that trans fats have been classified by most health researchers as “completely unsuitable for human consumption”, the industry has switched again to palm oil–which contains high amounts of palmitic acid–yet another fatty acid associated with the same effects as trans fats on the cardiovascular system.

      I just fail to see how everyone is forgetting that people were developing cancer and heart disease back when the primary source of dietary fat was animal-based. There’s a reason why some of your parents think trans-fat laden margarine is healthy. It’s because that was the “unknown” alternative back when all the people drinking whole milk and eating beef and potatoes were having heart attacks.

      Long story short, heart disease has been the #1 killer of Americans since 1910. Hormone use didn’t become prevalent until the 50s. Predominance of vegetable-based margarine in the diet also did not occur until after this point in time. Whether it was correct to link saturated fats from animal sources to heart disease doesn’t change the fact that people were dying of it prior to the advent of all these new frankenfoods.

      March 24th, 2013 5:03 pm Reply
  • Jamie

    I recently switched from butter and went to smart balance,and at the same time started having issues with to many trots to the bathroom.And all I could figure out was it must be the smart balance.I remember when the chips came out with the fake oil and many running to the bathroom issues.Going back to butter,and I’m gonna do that recipe with the olive oil.God forbide we could get it at the store…

    March 19th, 2013 12:21 am Reply
  • Brittany

    Do you have any suggestions of a butter substitute for someone who is allergic to dairy. My sister is only ten years old and cannot eat any dairy products. My parents use the Earth Balance spread for her as a substitute right now. While she doesn’t eat that much butter unless she has toast or spaghetti or my mom bakes for her using it, I still would like to find her something that is a healthy substitute. There is no way for her to eat real butter or even normal margarine. It has to be completely dairy free.

    March 14th, 2013 12:09 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      ghee works, if she can’t even handle raw milk butter.

      May 7th, 2013 12:48 pm Reply
  • Me

    I eat smart balance because I prefer the taste to real butter, and I need to watch my cholesterol.

    March 11th, 2013 1:30 am Reply
  • Wanda

    I love butter…not the eat-like-a-popsicle-type love…but I never use margarine. As a child, mom always bought margarine but when dad would do the shopping (not much), he would get butter. As an adult on my own, I started with margarine but decided why am I doing this, I love butter. And it’s been butter ever since. Margarine cannot compare in taste to butter. By the way, my cholesterol has always been low.

    March 1st, 2013 9:03 am Reply
  • Deborah Mitchell

    Well, I am even more confused than I was when I first started my research on Smart Balance……. I am in my mid-50s and have always watched my weight, exercised, and tried to eat a healthy died. I always had a flat stomach until I started eating Smart Balance approximately a year ago instead of butter. My husband is one of those people who can eat anything he wants without putting on any weight. He does the grocery shopping and cooking, and he was putting a lot of butter on my food. So I changed to Smart Balance because I was worried about clogged arteries (I had a stoke the month after I turned 40 unrelated to smoking, obesity, high blood pressure or any of the usual contributing factors.) However, after substituting Smart Balance for butter, I have gained over 5 pounds and most of the weight gain is in my stomach. I am going back to real butter, but am going to limit the amount used. I have also been a vegetarian for over two years.

    February 21st, 2013 6:39 pm Reply
  • Yvonne

    I have one question, tho. Is there any kind of real butter out there that is lactose-intolerant friendly? I just recently found out that I can no longer have certain kinds of dairy, and altho I love real butter, it doesn’t love me anymore… :(

    February 21st, 2013 10:18 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      butter from raw milk is good for lactose intolerance. Also ghee is great and has no dairy particles…

      May 7th, 2013 12:47 pm Reply
      • Yvonne

        But, where can you find ghee?

        I’ve recently switched from Smart Balance to Earth Balance myself. I have a very weird reaction to regular butter, so I can’t have it anymore…

        July 18th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
        • Tiffaney

          You can make it, and you can buy it from select stores. Easier to get some raw milk butter, take it home, and make ghee yourself.

          August 21st, 2013 8:57 am Reply
          • Yvonne

            But, how can you make it?

            I’ve actually switched back to real butter, as I have started eating more natural foods and paying close attention to food labels and ingredients. However, I still have a hard time digesting it because I’m lactose intolerant. Sometimes it bothers me, and sometimes it doesn’t.

            You say that you can find it in some stores. Where have you been able to find it?

            August 21st, 2013 1:07 pm
          • Tiffaney

            Here is a website that shows how to make ghee yourself

            and if you want to find ghee at a store, check out Indian stores, they will usually have it. It won’t be a name like walmart, it will be a small store in your local city.

            August 26th, 2013 12:35 pm
  • Steven Nissen

    Butter is quite literally…. yummy fat. As humans who were once carnivorous beings we inherently crave fat. Generations ago farmers had an abundance of saturated meat and dairy fats in their diets. A healthy farmer in the 1800s had a full lifespan of 45-50 years if he was lucky. Margerine was engineered as a cheper alternative to butter and is 2 molecular processes away from vinyl but don’t kid yourself into believing that butter is in any way, shape or form any healthier for you. I suggest that any reader of this do independant studies on each of the ingerdients in Smart Balance. The author has provided quite a bit of imaginative theorism, As a cardiologist I would much rather see my patients consuming what have been referred to here as unhealthy mutated poisons than any form of butter or margerine.

    February 19th, 2013 5:28 pm Reply
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  • Luisa

    I read some of the comments, but there are SO many, and they are ALL conflicting, I just couldn’t read anymore! Well, here’s my two cents, and I think it’s pretty darn logical and rational (and by the way, no, I am not a doctor or health practitioner of any kind, nor do I work for any company even slightly related to the food industry!). I am just a regular person who is trying to eat healthier because I’m tired of being overweight and tired all the time. I eat Smart Balance and I like it. I love butter too, but I am lactose intolerant, and eating dairy KILLS my stomach, so I have no choice. So anyway, here’s my advice (and I haven’t really seen anyone else say this exactly): EVERYTHING IN MODERATION! If you don’t eat a pound of butter or margarine a day, or even eat it every day, then you will probably be just FINE!! There are SO many factors affecting health, that you can’t just point to ONE food (unless you have an allergy to it), and be like, THAT’S going to ruin me if I EVER eat any of it! We all eat stuff everyday that I’m sure we’re not aware of, and we are still breathing, right?! Everything is not so black and white, and I wish people could be a little less rigid when talking about things like this. Anyhow, it’s late, so I’ll wrap it up with this: I have been a meat/dairy/egg/gluten eater my whole life, and it hasn’t done me any good, so I am going to try and go Vegan. I actually have tried it for a couple of days, and it’s really not that hard! I even went out to eat bar-b-Q just ONE last time, because it was my absolute Favorite type of meat, and I literally found myself looking at it differently, and getting SERIOUSLY grossed out by the look and smell of it, to my surprise! I couldn’t even finish eating it, and later when I got home, I had a seriously bad bowel movement, and my stomach hurt. I just recently saw the excellent documentary (available on Netflix), called “Vegucated.” It was actually really good and after watching it, if you still have the desire to eat animals or animal products, then you must not have a heart. That’s all I have to say…thanks for reading (if you did), and God bless!

    January 18th, 2013 5:25 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      You have tried raw milk? Most who are sensitive to lactose can drink raw milk with NO problem at all…

      May 7th, 2013 12:46 pm Reply
  • Be

    I was just wondering is the Smart Balance milk good

    January 17th, 2013 2:50 am Reply
  • Jimmy Jam

    Fake food… real food. Most of you wouldn’t know one from the other.

    1) Product contains Isoamyl acetate
    2) Produced via extreme heat processing to react reducing sugars and nitrogenous bases to product melanoidins.
    3) Ingredients: dihydrogen monoxide
    4) Ingredients modified by treatement with saccharomyces and brettanomyces species
    5) Highly likely to contain pathogenic bacertial species including staphylococcus aureus and E. coli at greater than 1,000,000 cells/gram

    1) Banana (isoamyl acetate provides the banana’s flavor)
    2) Steak (cooking produces the desirable browned crust through the Maillard reaction)
    3) Water
    4) A Belgian style sour beer
    5) Raw milk

    January 4th, 2013 8:04 pm Reply
    • DB

      You mention ‘produced with extreme heat’. Well, anyone buying any product in a TetraPak oughta know the contents are flash pasteurized, just look up how their process works. And I have yet to find out what their plastic lining is and whether or not it contains BPA.

      TetraPaks commonly are those rectangular pseudo paper cartons (actually multilayered of various materials) that most of the milk substitutes, many soups, etc come in. Even wine now – GASP! Just look at the bottom of the carton to see the TetraPak marks.

      January 6th, 2013 4:31 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      5 is incorrect if you find a clean farm that cares for its animals. I would NEVER touch raw milk from a CAFO that was intended to be pasteurized as that stuff would be very harmful to you. But clean raw milk from a good dairy that you know the farmer and trust their processes is VERY healthy for you, and less likely to make you sick than pasteurized milk is. More deaths come from pasteurized milk that has been contaminated at the dairy than from raw milk any day (since raw milk has enzymes in it that kill pathogens, raw milk kills TB easily)

      August 21st, 2013 9:01 am Reply
  • corey

    Butter is NOT a better alternative. You say there’s no GM in butter but you are WRONG. They are feeding the cows GM corn. Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST) is still injected into dairy cows in the US to increase milk-production.
    *ALL* cow’s milk (regular and ‘organic’) has 59 active hormones, scores of allergens, up to 52 powerful antibiotics. Of those 59 hormones one is a powerful GROWTH hormone called Insulin- like Growth Factor ONE (IGF-1)

    IGF-1 promotes cancer when its high.

    Milk from rBGH-treated cows has much higher levels of IGF-1, a hormone considered to be a high risk factor for breast, prostate, colon, lung, and other cancers.

    Best thing to do is be vegan and make your own spread and stop buying anything that processed be it vegan, venetian, or processed foods in general.

    December 27th, 2012 4:00 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      We are talking about grass fed A2 cows here, NOT factory farm cows eating growth hormones, grain, antibiotics, etc…

      May 7th, 2013 12:44 pm Reply
  • Carol H

    Thanks Natalia,

    I will check that out later. I do have some experience with thyroid myself. I had graves at the age of 29 and RAI after that, am on levo for the rest of my natural life at this point and it all is related to undiagnosed celiac. My sister had hashi, also from celiac. We have all been tested at the Mayo at this point. So yeah, I try to avoid animal fats as they don’t digest well in my body and I am trying very hard to find ways to take calcium at this point. Celiac creates known absorption issues. At this age, 50 plus, I have had to STOP taking calcium citrate because of the extreme pain and stiffness I got in my hands and arms from it. Wierd! Trying to avoid high fat dairy while getting calcium is really a trick. The lowfat organic milk goes bad so fast you might as well not buy it. The high fat creates a digestion problem for me. But I would LOVE to chow down daily on eggs, cream, cheeses and high fat yogurt that actually tastes good. I don’t eat pork. I hate liver and always have. I like salmon but finding non farm raised in this part of the country is also a trick. Right now I battle chronic pain in my upper back, arms and neck. Both my sisters and daughter (PCOS) have dealt with osteopenia. I don’t EVEN want to do an xray to find out. Given my choice, I’d be a vegetarian…..but you have to get alot more than veggies have to offer these days.

    December 10th, 2012 11:33 pm Reply
  • Carol H

    I’d love to agree with your rage above but the simple truth is that if you have over the top cholesterol – dangerously high, butter, eggs and high fat fairy escalate the problem. I know from personal experience from a multi generation family history. I decided to DO the organic thing, the fatted organic milk, organic eggs and natural high vitamin A grass fed butter. I went off my lecithin which I had been on TEN YEARS and the results? Cholesterol 337, LDL over 200. My dad has had two heart attacks and multiple stents in the past two years. He has normal to low cholesterol. It’s not the cholesterol numbers alone but the TYPE of cholesterol you have that is telling. I went off the high fat butter onto Smart Balance, Lecithin, eating almost no eggs and no butter and it came down 100 points in 60 days. My good cholesterol is still high normal. Yeah, I am a blood type O and SHOULD be a meat eater. I’ve had to cut my meat eating way down. These highj fat diets work for some but not others. Wish I were one of them but I would probably weigh 250 lbs.!

    December 9th, 2012 7:09 pm Reply
    • Natalia M

      Carol, I understand your concerns regarding cholesterol because mines 317 with the majority of it being bad cholesterol. It’s been that high that I’ve known since I was 12. My cholesterol got checked because the doctors had discovered my thyroid was out of wack. They checked my thyroid because I have “issues” (Aspergers and Social Anxiety Disorder) and they thought maybe there was something physically wrong with me that was causing my mental problems. After three thyroid tests one being normal and the cholesterol test coming back high, they determined that my thyroid was fine and I just needed to go on a low fat-high carb diet. This was incredibly dumb because I was 4’11, 105lbs and had already been eating a low fat- high carb diet. I’m 29 now and I’ve ate low fat-high carb (even higher carb when I went vegan)for my whole life minus a few months here recently where I’ve actually started to get better. My daughter and I (she’s 8 and has Aspergers too) are on the GAPS diet after a friend who has Bipolar told me about it. She has everything I have except she has Bipolar not Aspergers and I have Vitiligo but she doesn’t. We both have Hashimotos (yeah I have a REALLY bad thyroid problem lol! Gotta love doctors ;)), adrenal fatigue, and mental issues. I don’t know what my cholesterol is now since starting the diet. I do know that it doesn’t have a lot if anything to do with my heart health. If it does have something to do with it going low fat-high carb doesn’t help it at all in fact it hurts your heart. Especially when you’re using butter substitutes that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil in an attempt to eat “healthy butter”. I found this article and hope you find it interesting: Notice he says 75% of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol! Anyhow I hope that all made sense and I know the author of this blog post came across as slightly argumentative but I encourage you not to toss out what she said because its true. It’s understandable to get aggravated when doctors are continuing to spread false information at the expense of their patients health.

      December 10th, 2012 5:16 pm Reply
      • marloo

        Natalia M may I ask if you have seen any improvement on your vitiligo while on GAPS diet; Sorry for the off-topic question but I am dying to know.

        May 16th, 2013 11:09 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Cholesterol isn’t the bad thing. You can have high cholesterol and it is ONLY bad if you have inflammation in your body. Get rid of the inflammation and you are perfectly fine. Raw milk even helps to lower cholesterol.

      May 7th, 2013 12:43 pm Reply
  • Jonathan

    I’m amazed at how crazy you health nutz are… attacking anything that is successful and makes someone else money MUST NOT BE HEALTHY! Better pick apart and analyze each individual ingredient! I especially love how she lists Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and olive oil as being BAD! LOL, I’m sorry I can’t take anything you people say seriously… It’s as if you believe anything you read on the internet!

    December 8th, 2012 10:56 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      You are comparing processed vitamins with natural vitamins. They are far from being the same…

      May 7th, 2013 12:42 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    By lumping Earth Balance in with Smart Balance, it is apparent that you did not do enough research. Earth Balance does not contain the same things as Smart Balance.

    December 7th, 2012 8:28 pm Reply
  • Gabriel

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for the info. I totally agree real grass fed butter is better, but I am curious about your attack on potassium sorbate. While I agree that avoiding additives and preservatives is the best rule of thumb, I’ve been doing some reading on potassium sorbate to try and understand why it might be harmful. It is my understanding that it is one of the longest tested and used preservatives in the US and is considered safe world wide – over 60 years old by some reports. I have read a few reports saying it should be avoided because it is a preservative, but no reasons have been given as to why it should be avoided. Do you have any good sources you could point me to that could give me a good explanation as to why it is harmful?


    December 1st, 2012 9:19 pm Reply
  • scccccott

    there are complete protiens in lotsa plants mixed :) ask my 81 year old vegan grandpa who still works hard every day and has been vegan for oh, 50 plus years

    November 27th, 2012 12:18 am Reply
    • Mmom

      Wow!… But ask my grandpa, who died when he was 92. He build picnic bench by himself from scratch when he was 87. He had lard, butter, hem, bacon, red meat, wild game, pickles, and soup primarily with shot of vodka before every meal. And he ate that the entire life! He never seen a single doctor after WWII where he got injured by a bomb explosion. He fought the bloodiest battles as well. His mind was sharp until the end.

      December 8th, 2012 1:48 am Reply
      • scccccott

        dude(t) haha wow that is really cool! I am glad you had him for so many years and he sounds like a tough guy! Hopefully I can have my Grandfather for just as long and more :) I guess it just goes to show, there are lots of secrets to living long! If you look up Seventh Day adventists in the national Geographic, they are listed as one of the groups that lives especially long, so there is a very decent amount of backing :)it is not just a one of a kind thingy :) isn’t it amazing how 2 completely different diets end up with such great results!!!

        December 10th, 2012 10:58 pm Reply
  • Robert Allensworth

    My kid is allergic to dairy. Specifically casein and whey. Tell me how stupid I would be if I fed my kid butter.

    November 21st, 2012 3:31 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      A1 or A2 casein? More are allergic to processed A1 casein. But with raw A2 casein, few are sensitive to this… And even less are sensitive to A2 casein from goats and other mammals.

      May 7th, 2013 12:41 pm Reply
  • greg bridges

    Wow, sarah even i was fooled by smart balance! I am lactose intolerent & been using smart balance light spread cause it claims its dairy free, but after feading this article i’ll take a lactose dairy digestive pill & start using real butter again! Thanks for this very informative article! :)

    November 17th, 2012 12:18 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      If you use raw butter from an A2 dairy source, you probably won’t even have to use the digestive pill…

      May 7th, 2013 12:40 pm Reply
  • LIn

    According to Thomas Brenna, a professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University who has extensively reviewed the literature on coconut oil, a considerable part of its stigma can be traced to one major factor.

    “Most of the studies involving coconut oil were done with partially hydrogenated coconut oil, which researchers used because they needed to raise the cholesterol levels of their rabbits in order to collect certain data,” Dr. Brenna said. “Virgin coconut oil, which has not been chemically treated, is a different thing in terms of a health risk perspective. And maybe it isn’t so bad for you after all.”

    Partial hydrogenation creates dreaded trans fats. It also destroys many of the good essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other positive components present in virgin coconut oil. And while it’s true that most of the fats in virgin coconut oil are saturated, opinions are changing on whether saturated fats are the arterial villains they were made out to be. “I think we in the nutrition field are beginning to say that saturated fats are not so bad, and the evidence that said they were is not so strong,” Dr. Brenna said.

    Plus, it turns out, not all saturated fats are created equal.

    Marisa Moore, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, a nonprofit association of nutritionists, said, “Different types of saturated fats behave differently.”

    The main saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid. Lauric acid increases levels of good HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, and bad LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, in the blood, but is not thought to negatively affect the overall ratio of the two.

    She went on to say that while it is still uncertain whether coconut oil is actively beneficial the way olive oil is, small amounts probably are not harmful. The new federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that no more than 10 percent of total dietary calories a day come from saturated fat. For a 2,000-calorie diet, that’s about 20 grams.

    Any number of health claims have been made for lauric acid. According to proponents, it’s a wonder substance with possible antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral properties that could also, in theory, combat H.I.V., clear up acne and speed up your metabolism.

    “There are a lot of claims that coconut oil may have health benefits, but there is no concrete scientific data yet to support this,” said Dr. Daniel Hwang, a research molecular biologist specializing in lauric acid at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

    But, he added, “Coconut is good food, in moderation.”

    November 8th, 2012 11:49 am Reply
    • DB

      Bruce Fife ND has written extensively on these issues with tropical vs vegetable oils, e.g., his book on palm oils has excellent chapters on oils which delve into this subject in depth. His other book on coconut cures addresses nearly any health question you can think of, with many applications and he goes head on with concerns about cholesterol, etc.

      January 6th, 2013 4:22 pm Reply
  • Lin

    Jess; You do realize there is an RDA for saturated fats!? FYI one ounce of butter has less than the RDA. Limiting saturated fats to less than 10% of consumed calories and trans fats to 1% of calories is the key.
    BTW I have GREAT HDL healthy Triglycerides and Cholesterol ratio; I eat butter, coconut oil and eggs daily; the key is moderation and balance; I avoid processed foods, eat a lot of fresh veggies, nuts, fruits, have fish regularly and eat very little red meat, plus, I get regular exercise.

    November 8th, 2012 10:45 am Reply
    • Jess

      Yeah, barely. 1oz is 73% of your recommended intake for saturated fat and 20% of your recommended intake of cholesterol. 100 calories per tablespoon gives you 12 grams fat, 7 grams saturated fat, 3 grams monounsaturated fat. 31mg cholesterol, 82 mg sodium. Generally men should consume no more than 30g of saturated fat a day, and women no more than 24g to protect our heart health. On top of it there is a certain amount of trans fat found in butter. Don’t fool yourself butter people. It isn’t all that and a bag of chips.
      As far as whatever nonsense is also being spread about “margarine being one molecule away from plastic”, you are just stupidly falling victim to internet hysteria. Snopes debunked this forever ago.

      November 9th, 2012 9:38 am Reply
  • Jess

    Holy crap you people are incredibly stupid. “Real butter is best!” Yeah right. Do you people know ANYTHING about saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats? Coconut oil and palm oil/shortening are two of the most UNHEALTHIEST oils around because it is extremely high in saturated fat. You butter people must have cholesterol levels that are off the charts. You want to “fix” your bodies? Eat more monounsaturated fats like nut oils (almond, avocado, canola, hazelnut, macadamia, olive oil, peanut, rice bran, or walnut) which would ultimately lower your levels. Not to mention the author of this entire post is an OUTRIGHT LIAR. Check the back of a tub of Earth Balance. It contains “Natural oil blend (palm fruit oil, canola, safflower, and olive), filtered water, contains less than 2% of pure salt, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid (which is in butter, durka durr!), and annatto. Nothing unnatural or highly processed there. I mean seriously Sarah, do you work for the bloody cow industry or something because the blatant lies and ignorance is just astounding!

    November 8th, 2012 4:32 am Reply
    • Margaret

      Kudos Jess!! I can not beleive this stuff.

      September 13th, 2013 3:17 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Pretty sure you just listed the bad thing in your list, canola. There is no canola plant. It is the rapeseed plant, which is not healthy to eat.

      February 26th, 2014 10:53 am Reply
  • Long Beach IT Support

    Unfortunately people are silly. If you write in a book, “picking your nose extends you life!” – somebody, somewhere, will read that and believe that. If it is on the news, they will believe it. People are gullible. Lots of people make lots of mistakes, all the time. Do not be one of them yourself. It is all you can do. Trying to convince others usually backfires, leaving you looking like the bad guy. Then again, if most of the people you surround yourself are stupid, maybe it is time to trade them in for some better company anyway. =)

    November 6th, 2012 5:57 pm Reply
  • Lin

    I am a little confused as to whether this is the same product I tried;
    I often try new products to help my clients achieve a healthier lifestyle and recently tried “smart balance”; the package says it is 50% butter and the other ingredients seem much better than margerine (which is one molecule different from being plastic); while I personally would not choose it (or anything else) over fresh butter, it seems a healthier alternative to margarine for those that are following Dr.’s advice to eat a “butter substitute”…. in my experience, it is much easier to influence change if you can find compromises that the patient is receptive to rather than challenge the physicians “orders”… many of my clients have gradually come to realize that I know more about nutrition and wellness than their physicians and as a result have initiated more healthy changes. Let’s face it, we all have room for improvement and for some this product may be an improvement (even though not optimum); my colleague once asked why one would do something that was last than optimum; my response because it is the best he/she can do …. we must meet our clients where they are and help them start with little changes … after all, Rome was not built in a day but if no one had laid the first stone….

    November 5th, 2012 9:25 pm Reply
    • Chris

      Lin Where did you hear margarine is one molecule different from being plastic? It is no true not even close. If anything it is closer to butter than plastic. The research I have done I found that it was someone that said margarine is one like plastic or one molecule away from plastic. It kind of stuck and people just repeat it over and over, but repeating something over and over does not make it true.

      August 21st, 2013 8:53 am Reply
  • Dani

    I kind of doubt that Mary Enig favors butter since she says in her book that she makes her own spread of 1/3 virgin coconut oil, 1/3 sesame oil and 1/3 extra virgin olive oil. Personally, I can’t eat butter or dairy products at all, get very sick from them. I don’t know if it is the Vit D3 they add to it (made from lanolin which I am allergic to) or whether I just can’t tolerate dairy products.

    November 5th, 2012 4:36 pm Reply
    • lin

      People that suffer from milk allergies generally have no problem with ghee; many find no issues with grass fed raw milk (no additives) as well; others find that kefir is well tolerated (it breaks down the proteins); it depends on your specific sensitivity.

      May 8th, 2013 8:45 pm Reply
  • melissa dondero

    You can bash margarine all you need to just to make yourself feel better! Try living a life stye as a 6 year old that has a very rare food allergy call Eosinpohic esophagitis. You couldn’t last one day with this condition! Kids and adults with this condition have no choice but to use dairy free margarine so you might want to get off your high horse of taking a stand for butter! Using these products are the only way they can have a baked good and not be left out when others are enjoying their treats! Just to let you know, you made yourself sound like such an insensitive bitch! I am so agravated over your website it makes me feel sick to my stomach! My son has been through so much at such a young age, I feel VERY offended by your site! You might want to have some feelings for others that can’t use butter! Free speech, you sound like butter is your life! Get a life!

    November 3rd, 2012 11:11 am Reply
    • lin

      There are other natural products that are a healthy alternative to oleo (one molecule from being plastic if I recall); my favorite is coconut oil; i use it for everything from baking to skin cream; use olive oil for non-heated applications and also use butter. Anyone can have an intolerance to a specific food and that does not make that food bad, just bad for that individual. Some foods are unhealthy in general and should be avoided; oleo falls in this category along with numerous processed foods. Just because there is not an immediate adverse reaction does not mean it is healthy or even “acceptable”.

      January 19th, 2013 6:46 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Have you determined his allergy to be milk? or casein? or lactose? There are so many allergens that those with EE can have. It is great you have found the allergen… Many can’t find it…

      So many who are lactose or casein sensitive CAN have raw butter (not pasteurized or homogenized) milk/butter from grass fed A2 cows (and normally from goats if not cows)…

      May 7th, 2013 12:37 pm Reply
  • s

    I was actually looking for low cholesterol options to butter when I found this half ridiculous post. All whole dairy products are bad for one’s cholesterol count, or if you are dairy sensitive. If you don’t have high cholesterol, anything non processed is best. But for some who are not idiots and would like to keep their cholesterol down, or can’t digest dairy, spreads are the way to go. 1 TBS butter has 8 g of sat. fat. 1 TBS spread has 1-2 g depending on the spread. When you should only ingest 20 g of sat fat daily, if you have high cholesterol, you can’t be using it all on butter. Don’t get me wrong, I believe is natural is best, but sometimes things that are manufactured can be good.

    October 31st, 2012 8:27 pm Reply
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  • Josie

    You are completely wrong when you say that our bodies need animal protein because it’s more “complete”. Our bodies are not designed to digest animal protein. That’s why the more meat you eat, the higher your risk of colon cancer especially (and heart disease, diabetes, and other cancers), because we do not have the small intestines that carnivores have. Our intestines are not made to digest meat, so when we eat it, it sits there and rots for days as our body works to digest something it wasn’t meant to. I have never been a big meat eater, but right now I am transitioning to a completely vegan diet. It’s been about two months, and I feel AMAZING. I have crazy energy all the time, my mind is so focused, my mood is better, I’ve lost weight, and I feel so much happier and more confident. Aside from the personal health benefits (which are huge), eating a vegan diet is cheaper and has a much, much lower carbon footprint than eating a meat-based diet. That’s a fact. And, the biggest reason for eating vegan for me, it reduces the horrible suffering of animals that occurs every day in our society in factory farms.
    I think you are right about Smart Balance not being healthy, but your statements about us needing animals products to be healthy ruined any credibility you might have had on the subject of healthy food. I am the one that wants to scream when I hear people that say that care about eating healthy, and then claim that animal products are healthy for humans. Do your research, try eating vegan for 30 days, or even 3 days, see how amazing you feel and then tell me that eating meat is a healthier diet.

    October 15th, 2012 3:42 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      When we eat good food, we don’t support factory farms… We buy raw milk and meat from grass fed A2 cows and never from CAFOs…

      May 7th, 2013 12:34 pm Reply

    I am breastfeeding and I’m allergic to dairy. I noticed that if I accidentally have dairy my son reacts. So that means no real butter even though I do appreciate grass fed butter

    I have like 5 things of earth balance soy free bc I bake so much. :(:(

    What should I use instead?

    October 13th, 2012 9:18 pm Reply
  • Grant

    Most illogical arguments ever. Smart balanace is unhealthy because (1) it uses high-tech ingredients and proceses (2) it has complicated sounding ingredients (3) it’s cheap to make (4) it doesn’t come from a cow.

    None of those are remotely logical reasons why something would be unhealthy. If you have a religious objection to foods made by science rather than animals, that’s one thing. But don’t confuse that with the food being unhealthy.

    October 9th, 2012 6:57 pm Reply
  • Taj

    I never read all the comments so this might have been discussed already. I know this was about Smart Balance Butter but can you tell me anything about Smart Balance Peanut Butter?


    October 5th, 2012 11:33 am Reply
  • AFfamily

    ACK! I’ve been feeding my family this brand to include the peanut butter for a few years now!!! Dumping it right now! But what damage have I already done? Just now learning about all this crazy food industry stuff! Can you undo what you have already done?

    October 1st, 2012 9:14 am Reply
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  • Dena

    I am curious…… I hear what your saying and I believe it.. We switched to butter years ago and love it. However, my daughter has a severe dairy sensitivity…….what options do we have?
    Any info would be helpful… Thanks!

    September 5th, 2012 9:44 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      lactose or casein allergy? If lactose, use raw milk and you can make butter from it.
      Casein, try making sure your dairy is A2 and NOT A1 dairy…. That might help a ton…

      May 7th, 2013 12:33 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    The Dr’s comments here prove the point that MD’s are NOT trained in nutrition. You don’t have to be a Dr to now that REAL FOOD is what is healthy. “Spreads” are not real food no matter how you twist it. And some of you don’t realize that unless it says NON-GMO …it always is. So, if canola and soy is listed and doesn’t say NON-GMO, that means it is a GMO product. Same with Organic foods. You now if it’s not listed as Organic, then it’s a conventional food. That is common sense and how Sarah can come to the conclusion that these ingredients are probably GMO products. All you people googling these ‘balance’ products and ending up here are in the wrong place, obviously. This is a traditional food blog, meant to educate people on how to avoid fake food that the bodies doesn’t know how to use, thus causing serious illnesses as it fights to store and rid the body of these things. Heart disease is a ‘new’ problem for humans… so for thousands of years we’ve eaten these animal fats and suddenly since around the mid 1920’s when the first heart attack recorded..THIS is when humans suddenly developed this problem? It is the vegetable oils, refined carbs and high sugar content of highly processed, industrialized food that is causing these problems. I’m a 40 yr old woman who had really great cholesterol readings before, but since eating real foods, healthy fats in moderation (coconut/olive oil, butter, raw milk and cream, etc), my cholesterol numbers have actually DROPPED. Somebody want to explain that? How about the highly educated people here that want to see numbers? I eat real food 90% of the time, buy veggies from an organic farm, using organic seeds, buy raw milk, cheese and butter from a local farmer who has grass fed pastured cows, make my own bread from organic wheat grown just up the road. I eat PLENTY of wild meat (hubby hunts for elk, deer and antelope). It’s taken YEARS to make all the changes and all the while I am getting healthier! And my tooth decay has reversed because I’m eating REAL food and I’m actually getting high amounts of vitamins and minerals. This all actually goes for my whole family of 4. Who wants to argue with this? If you stop looking only at statistics, and studies and numbers and look at real food and the health it brings, you will become far more educated in nutrition all on your own without needing to prove credentials. You want my credentials for this ‘advice’? I’ll show you my latest health report and tell you how I get a better report every year by eating real food, not weak substitutes the body doesn’t recognize.

    And why are some of you surprised this was a rant? She tells you right up front she is going to rant, which is usually emotionally charged. She’s had it with mis-information, which some of you still ‘buy’. Many of you here have proved her point. I don’t know Sarah but many ‘traditional foodies’ totally get this blog post and have premium health to prove that healthy fats and meats from responsibly raised animals are what the body needs to help us absorb the fat soluable vitamins and minerals and maintain true health. Don’t shoot the messenger…

    September 5th, 2012 3:08 am Reply
  • Barbara B

    I don’t know how anyone can eat something made of cow’s mammory gland sucretions. Yuk! I will stick with Earth Balance, thank you.

    September 4th, 2012 10:22 am Reply
    • Sarah

      Are you being serious?

      December 14th, 2012 12:41 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Yeah, because GMO Canola oil, other oils, chemicals and other things are so much healthier than raw milk butter from grass fed A2 cows…

      Okay then…..
      Raw milk cures many things, you can’t be lactose intolerant to raw milk, no hormones/antibiotics/grain in our grass fed A2 cows, etc. It is a perfect food that you can live healthily on long term. It has everything that you need to be healthy.

      February 26th, 2014 11:03 am Reply
  • Pamela

    Okay, so there I stood in the supermarket, craving fried chicken and standing in front of the cooking oil section. What to get—Crisco (the best, accoring to “The Help”), canola oil, olive oil, Wesson Cooking Oil, or Smart balance Cooking Oil. I chose the Smart Balance and fried my chicken in one inch of it (basically the whole bottle). I thought I was doing a good thing, but evidently not? I’m confused. If Smart Balance cooking oil was not the right choice for frying my chicken, what is then?????

    August 24th, 2012 2:18 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Baking/grilling/stovetop/etc would have all been better than frying in it….

      Olive oil is for use at low temps, never fry in olive oil.
      Crisco is far from natural, avoid this at all times.
      Canola oil is not good to consume, there is no “canola plant”, it is rapeseed, which is a natural pesticide.

      If you really need to fry something, I would personally use something like peanut oil…Provided of course that you aren’t allergic to peanuts. Otherwise grapeseed oil is great for sauteeing, also coconut oil is great to use.

      February 26th, 2014 11:06 am Reply
  • Brodie Lien

    My 2 year old has a severe dairy allergy. We have been using Earth Balance as a substitute. Is there any butter like substance that you would recommend in the place of these “balance” buttery spreads?

    August 12th, 2012 9:02 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      ghee is great to use, no dairy left in it at all.

      February 26th, 2014 11:06 am Reply
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  • Amy Baxter Hampton NH

    You people are all stupid. Everything you eat is genetically modified, unless you grew it in your own back yard, and even then, the seeds you used were genetically modified. If it was transported by a truck, train, plane, or boat, then it was genetically modified, yes even your precious naturally organic butter. You all think you are so smart. Get a life. You are all fat, or black or something because you are really stupid.

    August 7th, 2012 8:34 am Reply
    • Kailey

      No you, my friend, are really stupid. While I agree with you that it’s nearly futile to completely avoid all GMOs, your statement that all people who are “fat or black” are stupid shows your own lack of intelligence. Your racism and generalizations are unacceptable.

      August 21st, 2012 3:03 pm Reply
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  • bk

    Just WHAT ate you supposed to do about not using spreads when you are off dairy because of asthma?

    July 20th, 2012 7:56 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Raw milk actually cures asthma…

      May 7th, 2013 12:30 pm Reply
  • ButterLover

    I was like you once. I hated that fake butter and would spend $10 on a teeny tiny little jar of the “good stuff” to eat on my bread. Oh god, it was good. Even when I found out I was gluten intolerant I would still spring for some premium butter to enhance the flavor of the mostly dismal and bland selection of GF breads in the country I lived in. It was a real treat.

    Now, just about a few weeks ago, I found out I can’t have milk products anymore. No more cheese, no more ice cream, no more butter. I’ve been eating less and less butter anyway, but I still need it for baking. And now I’m having to look toward the fake crap and embrace the fake crap.

    It must sound really nice to sit up on your high horse and condemn people who eat fake butter. Smart Balance Light was the only dairy-free butter at the local supermarket. So I bought it. And I’ll have to live with it. And people like you will look at me in the supermarket and sneer, “Doesn’t she know that it’s not really healthy? Doesn’t she know that it doesn’t taste like butter?”

    So I encourage you to think before you sneer. Maybe you have dippy vegan friends who think meat is murder and that milk is torture. But there are people who HAVE to eat the fake shit. Because the real shit is off limits.

    July 18th, 2012 12:39 am Reply
  • Charlotte

    Are you really suggesting that butter is healthy?

    July 9th, 2012 7:00 pm Reply
  • Allison

    Sorry but smart balance and earth balance are far from the same thing. Earth balance at least uses non-GMO oils, generally organic. There are countless amounts of people out there that cannot digest dairy products, because many people have a digestive system that is simply not made for dairy (not to mention that it is harsh on anyone’s digestion. Really, the only things we readily digest are those that are fermented. Earth Balance is not fermented nor is butter.) Don’t act like these two products are identical when they are not. They have a purpose and a place to be used. I don’t use it often, but I never use butter. I use real olive oil 85% of the time.

    July 9th, 2012 6:28 pm Reply
  • Dustin

    Excellent information! A fellow student in my health class mentioned that she ate smart butter and believed it was extremely healthy and “better than real butter”. My professor appeared to agree with her, which was kind of shocking. Having found the truth about natural foods years ago, I showed her this site; she seemed to not care. It never ceases to amaze me how people will deny the obvious truth about natural foods and indulge in processed garbage. Hopefully she decides to research the information herself and discovers the truth. Thank you for posting the information though.

    July 5th, 2012 5:28 pm Reply
  • ruth

    I’d like to know Sarah’s last name so I can look up her credentials.

    July 5th, 2012 3:29 pm Reply
  • Ron

    See, the problem with health blogs and sites like livestrong is it turns every hipster who thinks they have a clue into a health expert.

    Roughly a third of the points you make here are flat out wrong. One made me laugh especially hard, referring to extra virgin olive oil. Google is your friend.

    Oh, and based on your horseshit remarks its clear you have no experience in health sciences, leave critiques to those with a degree and know what they’re talking about.

    Thanks, dumb bitch.

    June 22nd, 2012 9:24 am Reply
    • Dustin

      Your going to have to tell me what its like Ron.

      July 5th, 2012 5:33 pm Reply
  • Hebi

    Ignoring the health claims, I crave Smart Balance when butter is all that’s availible. Living in a country where SB was unavailable, I tried butter again, but ended up going back to margarine. Also, I keep kosher, which is easier to do when I stick to non-dairy spreads.

    June 18th, 2012 9:14 pm Reply
  • Barbara

    So a craving for steak indicates that I am supposed to eat steak, but a sugar craving indicates that I have a gut imbalance?

    June 17th, 2012 6:01 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Candida does crave sugar, so that would be an appropriate response to cut down sugar and heal your gut issues….

      May 7th, 2013 12:29 pm Reply
  • Kim hawood

    What an arrogant post. I would love nothing more than for my daughter to eat real butter but he has a severe dairy allergy and I happy for the alternative of EarthBalance. And by the way my daughter eats an extremely healthy diet of beans and greens. She can not have gluten, dairy, eggs or nuts. I’ve me a break.

    June 14th, 2012 1:43 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Have you tried raw dairy?? It is completely different than pasteurized homogenized dairy at the store… Also, is she vaccinated??

      May 7th, 2013 12:28 pm Reply
  • Dena

    I love butter and my daughter loves butter but she just found out that she is severly allergic to all dairy, What are we to do? We are in mourning over this. Any healthy ideas for us?
    We don’t want to go to a spread…really. We need help!

    June 8th, 2012 12:27 am Reply
  • Tony

    What’s your take on Smart Balance’s recent purchase of Udi’s Bakery. You think they will use their ingredient philosophy on Udi’s gluten-free products?

    June 6th, 2012 10:34 am Reply
  • mineraldiva

    Ha! Another “nutritionist” who thinks they are an expert. “The soybean and canola oils are almost certainly” genetically modified. And the olive oil is “not extra virgin”. Proof please? And who cares anyway! Do you realize that even your organic cauliflower and broccoli are genetically modified? Humans have been genetically modifying plants since the dawn of time. And those cows that are the ultimate source of your butter? ALL cows, whether given growth hormone or not, have been genetically modified by humans. Do you have any proof that genetic modification is harmful? Well, sorry, I’m a research scientist in cell biology and I don’t think you’ll find any. Hey, I agree, butter tastes great… but I eat smart balance.

    June 4th, 2012 2:07 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      If they used good ingredients, they would want to make it known. So the fact that THEY hide where they get their ingredients is on them, not us for reading it. D2 is worse than D3, so if they use D3, they will tell you about it… Soybeans and canola (rapeseed) is almost always GMO here in the U.S… I think it is something like 90% of all soy is GMO… I highly doubt they pay the extra cost for non-GMO soy when they won’t even use D3…. :(

      May 7th, 2013 12:27 pm Reply
    • Chris


      I would have to agree with you. I have been doing a lot of research on genetically modified foods and just about every thing we eat is genetically modified. Even if you grow the food yourself the seeds if does not say on the package is genetically modified! In most cases the foods that we eat that are genetically modified are safe.
      Olive oil are fine as long as you make sure they have California Olive Oil Council seal or COOA seal which most imports has and some US brand has. That is how you know you are getting true olive oil. as fare as GM goes the only way to be 100% GM free is only eat what you grow from non GM seeds and raise your own animals.
      If a company does not want to give out their source where they get their supplies have you thought they dont want other competitors getting that info and not necessary they are trying to hide anything? I am in business for myself and I dont tell anyone where I get my supplies from. One I know I am getting a really good deal and I really dont want my competitors to copy me or buying up the supplies I need. This keep my product unique to me and to no one else. Also I dont want to give out my processes , which is the same for many food companies. I am still researching Smart Balance and have not come to any conclusion yet…

      August 20th, 2013 3:02 pm Reply
  • Angie

    “So, when that craving for all things buttery comes over you, it is always best to get some Real Butter and slather it on anything that seems remotely feasible at the moment.”

    Obese much?!

    May 27th, 2012 3:13 am Reply
  • Jackie Leyba

    UGH!! I can’t believe that companies make this stuff and say that it tastes like real butter!!! Give me real butter any day. I have made my own, but if I do buy any, I buy Challenge. It states on the box that they don’t use any milk from cows that are treated with hormones (don’t know the abbreviations). This tastes as close to my homemade. We don’t have any natural or health food stores close by.

    May 25th, 2012 9:23 pm Reply
  • mike

    I. Love Kate’s butter but just realized the unsalted version has…NATURAL FLAVOR! What? Really troubling and I am calling them to (hopefully) get a rational explanation.

    May 25th, 2012 7:53 pm Reply
  • Erica calderon

    You sound so dumb!!! Ive been a vegan for almost 3 years and have been the healthiest I have been in my entire life! And smart balance is delicious! Butter is made from animals who suffer and are eventually slaughtered. Why would you want to eat anything that comes from an innocent animal. Like honestly, you should really think before you speak. And that statement you said about vegetarians craving steak then eating one, is false because any person who is vegetarian wont eat meat and if they do then they are not a vegetarian! Like get your facts straight, us vegetarians and vegans are NOT on your side!

    May 25th, 2012 1:04 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      I don’t know what animals you are referring to, but our cows are not treated this way at all. They live long healthy happy lives, prancing in the fields, live a long time, aren’t kept pregnant like you state… But in CAFOs, they are treated that way. But when you are talking raw milk and healthy for you butter, you are NOT talking about CAFO cows/pasteurized/homogenized milk. You are talking grass fed A2 cows that are healthy and happy.

      Since you aren’t feeding them grain, you don’t cause them to get sick, therefore you don’t have to give them antibiotics, therefore milk production is not decreased, meaning you don’t have to give them growth hormones. All by feeding them what they are supposed to eat, which is GRASS! Butter is better, and it is not cruel….

      February 26th, 2014 11:12 am Reply
  • john dong

    What a misguided opinion! The dairy industry is one of the most corrupt, dangerous and unhealthy groups on the planet. Natural does not mean safe. Learn about the details if you want to talk like you know them.

    May 20th, 2012 1:40 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      I don’t know what animals you are referring to, but our cows are not treated this way at all. They live long healthy happy lives, prancing in the fields, live a long time, aren’t kept pregnant like you state… But in CAFOs, they are treated that way. But when you are talking raw milk and healthy for you butter, you are NOT talking about CAFO cows/pasteurized/homogenized milk. You are talking grass fed A2 cows that are healthy and happy.

      Since you aren’t feeding them grain, you don’t cause them to get sick, therefore you don’t have to give them antibiotics, therefore milk production is not decreased, meaning you don’t have to give them growth hormones. All by feeding them what they are supposed to eat, which is GRASS! Butter is better, and it is not cruel….

      February 26th, 2014 11:11 am Reply
  • Jorma J. Takala

    Please come read my notes and my wall on Facebook, Friend me, or not, Just read and heed my words.

    EDTA is also used in many canned Mushrooms, Beans, In dried Beans (legumes) 7-UP, Brisk Iced Tea, 5 hour & “RED” energy drink. in all the sauces at Chick Fil A and in virtually every restaurant, grocery and household across America!

    Read the label! If it’s in there, Don’t buy it, Don’t eat it!

    And for heavens sake, Do not consume any artificial additives of any kind while pregnant!!!

    And lastly, I was forced to change my diet and lifestyle together, I got migraine headaches from using TREsemme Shampoo and Dial Anti-bacterial soap, Both contain the same dye that’s in Mtn Dew (yellow #5 and #6)

    Artificial colors are absorbed through the skin in the many products we use daily on our bodies!

    Thank you again!


    May 14th, 2012 8:47 pm Reply
    • Alex H

      Thanks for the information, Jorma, which you conveyed in a rational manner. I’ve been having terrible reactions to foods in the past few years. I wonder if the EDTA in the Smart Balance is causing some of them. I’m going to switch to coconut oil, since I have a sensitivity to dairy.

      August 6th, 2012 8:00 pm Reply
  • Jorma J. Takala

    I’m afraid that you’re just slightly wrong about the EDTA. It’s not organic at all, in fact……. I will let this link speak for itself….

    From the Dow Chemical companies website…
    “Process — Dow manufactures EDTA by reacting ethylenediamine with formaldehyde, cyanide and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) in a closed system to produce tetrasodium EDTA. (This process is used by other manufacturers as well). Other salts of EDTA are produced via subsequent processing of this material.”

    EDTA along with the petroleum based coal tar dyes, wood based coal tar flavorings, MSG and the preservatives, BHA, BHT and TBHQ are collectively the cause of Autism.

    Please see my facebook page, Notes and my wall, It’s all about how the additives cause autism, alzheimers, sleep apnea (aka SIDS), fibromyalgia, lupus and so much more!

    Fibromyalgia and Lupus are basically formaldehyde and cyanide poisoning!
    After accidentally consuming EDTA in a Panera Corn Muffin, Which my wife and I shared, Both of us…. The following morning, felt like we had been hit by a truck, Every muscle, bone, joint ached for a total of three weeks (the duration EDTA stays in our bodies!) This might be different for each person, It could take longer.

    Everyone is allergic to all the additives, They ARE in fact allergens, But there are no doctors who recognize these additives as allergens so in most cases, it is overlooked!

    Additionally You should also know that EDTA is used for Chelation Therapy, used to treat Lead and Heavy Metal Poisoning,

    Here’s the bad part, Daily consumption of EDTA Chelates all the essential minerals from your body!
    Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is the fluid that is tested when you are given a Spinal Tap! Many, or most of the minerals depleted from your body were and are stored, used and required by your body in that CSF!

    This is why Anemia and Iron/Mineral Deficiencies are so common! The only safe Margarine and Mayonnaise is EARTH BALANCE!

    Calcium Disodium EDTA is also the preservative of choice for Kraft Mayonnaise products and Wishbone Dressings!

    Please, Come read what I have to say about how all of these toxic chemicals and how they cause and maintain the state of Autism.

    My notes and my wall are all about the additives and what they do to everyone. No one is immune!

    Autism is in simplest terms, the result of the allergic reaction the body has to coal tar dyes, flavors, MSG and those nasty preservatives! Especially to EDTA.

    Thank you!

    Jorma :)

    May 14th, 2012 8:40 pm Reply
  • LKD

    I remember when Margarine was made from Whale Oil.
    Who to believe these days?
    Corporations take crap and spice it and sell it as Healthy :-(
    We even make our own dog food now.

    May 13th, 2012 3:20 pm Reply
  • mc

    well goody two shoes to all you who don’t care about their cholesterol levels! i like smart balance light….

    May 8th, 2012 11:18 am Reply
  • Sam wise

    “these oils are ALMOST certainly genetically altered” you don’t know any of this for sure so you blast it out….grow up. The whole article is written by an angry health nut who hates the world.

    May 7th, 2012 7:57 pm Reply
  • Martha

    But where does your REAL BUTTER come from? These spreads, which, as you say, have their problems, are substitutes for animal products which are produced at a great cost to the environment. You completely ignore this in the article.

    May 3rd, 2012 11:27 pm Reply
    • Lin

      I am confused; what is produced at a great cost to the environment?

      January 19th, 2013 6:49 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      When you are talking raw milk and healthy for you butter, you are NOT talking about CAFO cows/pasteurized/homogenized milk. You are talking grass fed A2 cows that are healthy and happy.

      Since you aren’t feeding them grain, you don’t cause them to get sick, therefore you don’t have to give them antibiotics, therefore milk production is not decreased, meaning you don’t have to give them growth hormones. All by feeding them what they are supposed to eat, which is GRASS! Butter is better, and it is not cruel….

      February 26th, 2014 11:13 am Reply
  • Megan

    Sarah! Help! I have a friend (not a natural foodie AT ALL) but who is “allergic to milk” and oddly enough of all things BUTTER makes her feel violently ill. What can I tell her? she knows it’s bad but resorts to Earth Balance lactose free, because she can’t live without butter – what could be causing the reaction to butter? Can you think of any suggestions to at least cut out the garbage earth balance? I am working on converting her to natural foods which would possibly heal her anyways, but that is a million years away, and I know some people still have to stay dairy free.

    Thank you for any input!

    May 2nd, 2012 2:18 pm Reply
  • A.May

    So what the heck are we supposed to do if we’re allergic to dairy?

    April 11th, 2012 11:35 am Reply
    • Denise

      Don’t worry about it. You can live very healthily without dairy, it’s just that Sarah here works for the WAPF, and their agenda is to get you to eat as much butter and meat as possible.

      April 11th, 2012 2:49 pm Reply
      • A.May

        Ah HA! I knew it.

        April 12th, 2012 7:39 am Reply
  • Susan

    I just find it odd that your vegetarian friend craves a juicy steak. I’ve been a strict vegetarian for over 12 years and NEVER, and I mean never which is why it’s in caps, crave meat. I find meat completely repulsive. I do think we should listen to our body’s cravings, and figure out what it’s really looking for but sometimes it craves sweet and instead of an apple somebody will have candy, so that can be tricky. I don’t think it’s wise to say our body’s need butter, because they don’t need butter.

    April 3rd, 2012 12:58 am Reply
    • Robyn

      The fact that the author thinks someone who regularly eats steaks is a “die-hard vegetarian” – a statement rife with cognitive dissonance – is sadly not the dumbest part of this article. I’m impressed.

      April 10th, 2012 8:09 pm Reply
  • Shayla

    I try not to eliminate, I just try to reduce. That goes with butter and any oils as well as red meat, white bread etc.

    Thanks fot the post! Would you consider comparing gatorade/powerade vs pedialyte vs. Ultima Replenisher vs. PediaVanice. They are all electrolyte replacement drinks, which are great for excersize and when you are sick, they are better than “just” water. I personally think Ultima Replenisher is the best one. what do you think?

    March 30th, 2012 10:08 am Reply
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  • Mary@FitandFed

    Well, yeah, should be obvious with ingredients like ‘natural and artificial flavors,’ let alone all the other stuff. I caught on a really long time ago that margarine was probably not the right choice.

    March 20th, 2012 1:30 am Reply
  • Jessica

    Crack addicts crave crack and heroin addicts crave heroin….That doesn’t mean they NEED crack or heroin. We don’t NEED butter and we don’t need animal protein to complete our protein. If you’ve gone your whole life never eating a cow, your body won’t crave a steak. It’s the whole reason why I don’t crave a medium-rare cat or dog.

    I came across this page when I was looking up information on Earth Balance. You may have some great information tucked into this blog/article, unfortunately, it was drown out by your overly opinionated, ill-informed beginning that I just couldn’t bare to read another word.

    March 18th, 2012 11:47 am Reply
  • Cherry

    I couldnt work out what was causing my upset stomach, the store ran out of the usual spread we buy (incidentally, NOT my choice but OH, as he says butter is too expensive and gets used too quick!!) and we bought something different (not spreadable)…no upset stomach for 3 days !!! I’ll never go back to spread, was on the verge of getting blood tests to find out what was causing it !!

    March 14th, 2012 12:29 pm Reply
  • Demar Ria

    I prefer this response better:

    March 14th, 2012 10:15 am Reply
    • Alex H

      Good point. Dr. Weil’s advice always seems so well-reasoned. I love his combination of common sense and research.

      August 6th, 2012 7:32 pm Reply
  • kpoko

    Sara is typical of someone who does not know nor understand nutrition and makes claims of which she does not understand. Forget SMART Balance. The issue is someone who is full of nutritional myths. A good reason why 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight and why heart disease is the number 1 killler in America. We know very little about the foods we eat and articles like this keep us in the dark… Go back to school Sara and take some basic nutrition classes… Quit blowing nutritional myths!

    March 13th, 2012 5:37 pm Reply
  • Misty

    I had a quick question on the Kerrygold butter. It appears it’s from holstein cows, and I know that’s an A1 milk. I realize that’s your second choice anyhow, but does the A1 vs A2 matter for butter or only for milk?

    March 8th, 2012 6:31 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      It matters if the milk is pasteurized. If it isn’t pasteurized, then it won’t matter as much. The real issue is the mutated casein from A1 milk. The casein in A2 milk doesn’t mutate the same way when pasteurized. But mutated (pasteurized) casein from A1 milk is very bad for you, no matter what the cow ate (grain/grass).

      February 26th, 2014 11:17 am Reply
  • alan

    I found this article to be very shortsighted and some of the comments foolish. But everyone is entitled to their opion and he is mine.

    My cholesterol levels were over 230 three years ago when my Doctor advised me to stay away from butter(among other things) and recommended Smart Balance. Today it is well below 200, with my good cholesterol up 20% and my bad cholesterol down 25%. And Smart Balance tastes just as good as butter without all the fat and artery clogging butter ingredients. I also drink Smart Balance milk and eat their popcorn and peanut butter as well.

    I just think that the author has done a very poor and flimsy job of research. Her comments sound like she has some kind of gripe with this Company.

    I knew nothing about Smart Balance three years ago. Today, between my wife and I, we use 9 different Doctors. I made a point of asking each of my four if they use Smart Balance spreads and all four said they do. (Internist (who recommended it,) Gastro, Cardiologist and ENT.) Three of my wife’s five Doctors use Smart Balance spreads. Not one of the 9 use butter.

    That is my own survey but it is certainly proof enough for me.

    So to go back to the beginning of your article and what you wrote, Start Screaming your loud piercing scream, then take a few moments and go and relax, while I have some health food cereal with blueberries and Smart Balance Milk!


    February 23rd, 2012 11:36 pm Reply
    • Linda

      Hmmmm now i wonder why you need 9 doctors between you? Do you know what you just wrote?

      March 31st, 2012 3:25 pm Reply
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      • Nicole

        Wow, what an ignorant thing to say- I grew up eating butter, and currently eat primarily canola and olive oil, which are rich in unsaturated fats and considered two of the healthiest fat sources available. I get additional fats from fish, poultry, and plant sources. I have in the past had six doctors to help manage several chronic illnesses- a pulmonologist, an endocrinologist, a neurologist, an neuro-ophthalmologist, a neuro-psychiatrist, AND an internist. All disease is not linked to diet, and you are pretty darn lucky if you only need one doctor.

        September 26th, 2012 12:37 am Reply
        • Tiffaney

          Canola (from rapeseed plant) is NOT healthy for you in the least…

          February 26th, 2014 11:18 am Reply
    • Alex H

      I’m sorry, Alan, but I don’t think too many doctors know much about nutrition. Several people in my family have worked with complete quacks, whose incompetence eventually harmed them. I have another relative whose physician has prescribed double digit pharmaceuticals, many of which have terrible side effects. Let us remember, physicians once talked about how healthy it was to smoke. Having nine doctors seems awfully excessive. I would rethink the decision to use Smart Balance PB, which contains sugar and molasses. Sugar is an unacceptable toxin. Granted, I don’t think butter is necessarily a healthy choice. Certainly, the author of this article does not know how to craft a convincing argument without sounding childish. At the same time, you might want to correct your grammar (between my wife and me [rather than I]).

      August 6th, 2012 7:28 pm Reply
  • kim

    I am glad you have brought this to our attention, but i am now not knowing what to do….My son is allergic to dairy and that is the main reason why we switched to Smart Balance Light because it has no dairy in it. What can I use now to cook and bake with that calls for butter since I obviously cannot use butter and should not be using Smart Balance Light?

    February 20th, 2012 12:36 pm Reply
    • Kailey

      Please use the Control + F key combination on your computer to search for my response to Olinda Paul on the topic of finding creative ways to cook without butter.

      August 15th, 2012 8:07 pm Reply
  • excuse me

    oh yea i bet if you’re watched long enough we would find you in line at the fast food joints eating so-called ‘hamburgers’ and ‘chicken’ nuggets and of course french fries that who knows what happened to them before they hit the local deep fryer of some kind of oil

    February 18th, 2012 10:58 pm Reply
  • excuse me

    pardon me for eating this balance crap

    i happen to not to be able to eat butter. for one i’m somewhat allergic to it.
    another is it will raise your cholesterol

    i hope its ok with you that i use evoo

    February 18th, 2012 10:52 pm Reply
  • Rob G

    Thank you for your post. If I may add something else? Please look at the nutritional labeling and compare it to most other “margarine” products. You will find that Smart Balance is higher in calories, higher in total fat and higher in saturated fat than the same amount of most any other margarine brand.

    February 16th, 2012 3:08 pm Reply
  • Leslie

    Your article totally makes sense to me. I grew up on margarine. Mazola brand margarine to be exact. Why? Because I was in a lactose intolerant family. When I went to college, I changed to butter. Butter is better. I convinced my parents to change back to butter. My mother just continued to use her Mazola. I used butter until my daughter was born and had some GI issues. I was told to cut out dairy. So, Smart Balance was the only thing on the market in my town that was dairy free. There are several types of Smart Balance, only two that are Kosher Parve, and one of those is “Light.” I was able to go back on butter after a short while. But, while pregnant with my second child, all things from a cow made me sick. Milk went sour and beef went rancid. After her birth, we realized that this daughter had an allergy to milk protein. This allergy has been confirmed by an allergist.

    So, what are my options if I want a buttery-type spread? How can I bake or cook? I use Smart Balance and Earth Balance regularly. I really like that EB has a “soy free” formula as my older daughter has a soy allergy!

    February 3rd, 2012 9:09 pm Reply
  • Ted Striker

    You do realize that “butter” is a man-made, processed food right? You can milk a cow but you can’t “butter” it! Also what’s up with the whole anti-vegetarian/vegan rant? And supplementing foods with vitamins is bad? Adding vitamins into our food supply has been one of the healthiest things ever done.

    January 31st, 2012 3:58 pm Reply
    • Kailey

      I agree. The anti-vegan/vegetarian tangent certainly rubs me the wrong way, not only because I am a vegan but because she fails to use any facts or data to support her premise. (I don’t know about you, but the idea that there are butter-chugging vegans somewhere in Florida does not count as factual support against eliminating animal products from one’s diet to me.)

      August 15th, 2012 8:04 pm Reply
  • Carrie

    I find this article to be extremely uninformed and full of misinformation. You use terms like “health-robbing” and “rancid” (you know rancid means spoiled, right?), yet you don’t give any solid reasons or concrete evidence of how Smart Balance is bad for you. I don’t eat Smart Balance, I just googled it and found this article. I eat butter, and I’ve had margerine. But still, this article rubbed me the wrong way. The only thing you list that could be potentially bad for you in Smart Balance is “Calcium disodium EDTA”, however many could argue that eating butter, or dairy in general, is “bad for you.” Also, “Calcium disodium EDTA” is concerned to be medicine or treatment for people in some parts of the world.

    I am just asking for some clarity here instead of a ridiculous, emotion-filled rant with no scientific basis to back up your claims. You lament “frankenfood” and genetically modified ingredients. That in itself is an uninformed claim. What about “genetically modified” screams “bad” to you? Do you understand that even many organic fruits and vegetables are genetically modified?

    I am a certified nutritionist, and I also find it hard to believe that you never consume genetically-modified or processed food in your daily life. Do you eat high fructose corn syrup? Do you eat soy products? Do you eat nitrates and nitrites? Unless you live on a farm, and grow your own wheat for bread, slaughter your own animals, and milk your own cows, I can guarantee that “Smart Balance” isn’t the only processed food that you are eating. Also, if you do live on a farm, one could argue that “bread is bad for you”, “meat is bad for you”, and “dairy is bad for you.” I’m personally tired of people just saying everything is “bad for you”. Are you going t hope on the gluten-hate-train now, too?

    It’s easy to point the finger of blame toward something you hate. It takes a lot, however, to write a convincing, well-informed article full of good information–not just an emotion-filled rant.

    It’s alright to hate smart balance, but in essence, this “review” is really just an opportunity for you to vent. Please give actual REASONS why Smart Balance is bad for you if you are going to make these wild accusations against it.

    January 29th, 2012 7:11 pm Reply
    • M. Iyer, PhD

      I fully concur with this sentiment. If you see Dr. Franklin’s comment above, I replied there as well. It is good to see other educated people realize the blatant weaknesses in this opinion-based article.

      February 15th, 2012 3:27 pm Reply
    • Rob G

      Dear Carrie,

      Please note my post from yesterday. I tend to question YOUR credentials. As I stated in my post, please read the product nutrition labelling and compare it to other margarine brand products. You want REASONS, you would be well advised to read the nutrition label. Also, as a “certified nutritionist” I should think that you would know how to correctly spell the word “margarine!” I would also tend to question the credentials of the other person who replied to your post. By attacking the author of the original article, you have managed to make yourself no better. The REASON is clearly posted on the product label.

      February 17th, 2012 5:15 pm Reply
  • Susan

    Enjoyed your article on Smart Balance.
    It too grew up on margarine, but switched to butter many years ago. Smart Balance also has peanut butter on the market. The container says it is All Natural, Rich Roast, real peanut butter. I purchased some recently because I have been trying to get sugar out of my diet. The ingredients for Smart Balance All Natural Peanut Butter is: peanuts, evaported can juice, natural oil blend (palm fruit and flaxseed oils), salt and molasses. Does this sound like a healthy peanut butter?

    January 18th, 2012 10:14 pm Reply
    • AJ

      I would go for a natural peanut butter that just reads peanuts and maybe salt.
      or if you have a good blender eg: vitamix just fill it with some good roasted peanuts and make your own! no sugar in this one :)

      That Smart Balance clearly reads sugar and you said you were trying to avoid.

      January 28th, 2012 3:19 pm Reply
  • Trudy

    Hi Sarah,
    Here is a link to a commercial airing around here. It is meant to demonize butter but the woman does such a fantastic job of enjoying it. I think WAP needs to hire her! LOL

    January 18th, 2012 3:19 pm Reply
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  • Christina Santini

    All those comments worried about whether to eat butter or not when dairy intolerant – Organic butter is perfectly fine because it is pure fat and that is not the part that triggers intolerance(ghee even better as it’s clarified and thus 100% void of trace of lactose and casein).

    When dairy intolerant you are either having a problem with lactose or casein a1 (or both). Casein a2 is not an issue – goat’s milk, guernsay cows produce a2 casein milk – but if not raw, lactose will still be a problem for some (except the butter as this is pure fat and thus naturally void of lactose).

    January 16th, 2012 12:54 pm Reply
    • Alex H

      Are you saying there is no one who has a problem with casein a2? After several years of using goat and sheep products as alternatives to cow products, I’ve developed a strong intolerance for those products, too.

      August 6th, 2012 6:29 pm Reply
  • Kendahl (@NourishingRoots) (@NourishingRoots)

    There is Nothing Smart About Smart Balance – The Healthy Home Economist #realfood #frankenfood #wapf #traditionalfats

    January 4th, 2012 12:08 pm Reply
  • David Franklin, PhD

    I disagree with this article, and I think that the author completely misses the point of Smart Balance as an alternative to butter. Yes it is not butter and like all spreads is artificially made. However, the reasons to use this as an alternative to butter, like any butter substitute, are BECAUSE of the ingredients AND the potential for heart disease in the person consuming the product. I for one use Smart Balance due to a family history of heart disease, heart attacks, bypass surgeries, etc… I made the move to Smart Balance after my heart attack, and given my understanding of Biochemistry and nutrition (PhD), this alternative is vastly superior to butter (especially for a person like myself).

    Before I begin with Smart Balance, let’s first look at your “Gold Standard”, unsalted or sweet butter. A single serving (1 Tbsp) contains 7 grams of saturated fat, or 36% of the daily caloric intake from saturated fats. Just one serving of sweet butter exceeds the recommendation (by the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association) to minimize saturated fats to <7% of daily intake. That is just from one serving of butter! In addition, the types of fats in sweet butter are essentially saturated fats. There are NO mono- or poly-unsaturated fats. A person with a heart condition or cardiovascular disease should not only minimize saturated fats, but also replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats in their diet (as much as possible). Unsaturated fats can have the added benefit of normalizing a more health cholesterol profile [increasing good (HDL) and decreasing bad (LDL) cholesterol], as well as a more positive effects on triglyceride levels. So the use of butter in certain people is really not a good idea, and I feel that the author fails to take these facts into considerations in their article.

    Now let’s look at Smart Balance. The ingredients listed are all beneficial mono- (canola, olive oils) and poly-unsaturated (soybean) fats. Vegetable monoglycerides are likely both mono- and poly-unsaturated. The ingredients also minimize the more deleterious saturated fats (<2% of whey from milk). In addition canola oil also contains omega fatty acids that are also both beneficial and essential to a healthy lifestyle. Finally, what is so terrible about vitamins being in the ingredients (vitamin A palmitate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, vitamin E, beta carotene)? Our milk is vitamin D enriched. Breads are thiamin enriched. Orange juice is calcium and vitamin D enriched. Is the author suggesting that this is all bad? I agree it is always best to get your vitamins from foods, but vitamin supplementation in this respect is hardly a reason to go off on the product.

    The statements made by the author have no nutritional basis, and from a medical standpoint is against what every medical student is taught (I teach them, so I know). Go to your cardiologist and ask if you should use a diet rich in saturated fats, or one balanced in mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. You will see how much this article is wrong. I am not saying that everyone in the world should use a product like Smart Balance. If you do not have a problem with heart disease, cholesterol levels, etc… good for you. Go ahead and use butter (although doctors will still probably suggest limiting saturated fats in favor of unsaturated fats). Butter does taste better to me too, but some people (like myself) should avoid it as much as possible. Products like Smart Balance are a healthy alternative to butter, especially if butter is not a good option. The author does not take any of this into account, but since they have a voice (and a following), they should.

    December 30th, 2011 3:44 pm Reply
    • Carrie

      I completely agree with you. I am shocked by this article, and the people agreeing to use butter in the comments section. I don’t think the majority people understand how saturated fats are processed by the body. Butter is not “good for you”, no matter how you spin it.

      January 30th, 2012 5:44 pm Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist


        January 30th, 2012 6:26 pm Reply
        • Melanie

          Can you be any more immature? Your article to begin with is written in such an attacking, demeaning, and elitist tone and then you respond to extremely well-worded comments that are actually based in fact (and not some emotionally heated opinion) with “CLUELESS!!!!!!”. You are the only one that is “clueless” its sounds.

          July 27th, 2012 4:20 pm Reply
        • Kailey

          I agree wholeheartedly with Melanie.

          August 15th, 2012 7:57 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I’m thinking the doc is a hired hand from the Smart Balance company, eh? You’re not convincing anyone, my friend.

      January 30th, 2012 6:27 pm Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        There is no way to justify the garbage that is Smart Balance no way, no how. Your attempt to do so is hilarious and obviously monetarily driven.

        January 30th, 2012 6:29 pm Reply
        • M. Iyer, PhD

          As a fellow PhD (with a background in Biochemistry and Food Science), I fully agree with Dr. Franklin’s statements and find the contents of the article unsubstantiated and solely merited on opinion, hence the lack of credible citations. With all due respect, Sarah, if you do not have the appropriate educational background to make the comments that you do, I think you need to exert more caution before attacking others. This country certainly has sufficient health woes, including widespread obesity problems, without another internet blogger advocating the consumption of full-fat dairy products.

          February 15th, 2012 3:25 pm Reply
          • James

            Thank you. The childish, consipracy-theory responses from Sarah were beyond grating.

            March 13th, 2012 10:15 pm
        • A.May

          Sarah, you are the one who is so obviously cluless, It’s painful.

          April 11th, 2012 11:45 am Reply
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    • DB

      So, easily oxidized unsaturated fats are good, saturated fats that cannot be are bad. Hmmmm
      Canola oil, the vast majority of which is GMO in North America, and soy, the vast majority of which globally is GMO, is good for you. Hmmmmm
      Using your ‘logic’ it would be impossible for Pacific Islanders populations to obtain up to 60% of their daily calories from saturated fat and be devoid of cardiovascular disease. Hmmmmm
      According to your conventional ‘wisdom’ people with low or ‘normal’ cholesterol levels are significantly less likely to have cardiovascular diseases. Hmmmm
      The medical cartels and trade associations have only our best health in mind above all else and are quick, completely thorough and totally unbiased to utilize all scientific facts which 100% of their recommendations are solely based on. Hmmmmmm
      And, if you’re so learned about such matters then why is your explanation devoid of any discussion of long chain versus medium chain fatty acids???

      January 6th, 2013 4:54 pm Reply
    • Ebony

      I know I am over a year late, but I just read this comment and laughed. Most doctors do not even take a nutrition class or understand components of food. Learning about biochemistry does not mean in anyway that you understand it, which is made clear with the outdated information in this response about saturated fat. If butter is not a good option for somebody ( and in most cases it is), smart balance does not become the next best thing. Its should not even be considered. I don’t know why anybody would take advice form a western doctor when its DOCUMENTED that out of all developed nations America falls dead last in longevity and life expectancy. Anybody that follows a Standard American Diet tends to see an increase in morbidity and mortality. Sarah may not have the best delivery in this article, but at least she is honest and doesn’t try to convince people with meaningless credentials.

      March 7th, 2013 8:01 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      beneficial??? canola oil???? That doesn’t belong in the same sentence…..

      Raw butter is good for you and doesn’t contribute to heart disease….

      August 19th, 2013 5:40 pm Reply
    • Margaret

      Excellent!!! I so agree with you. I am not as educated as you are, however I do have a certificate in Fitness and Nutrition and can not say how much I disagree with this article as well. My ex-brother-in-law a chiropractor and one of the healthiest and fittest people I know, who consumed butter and never having eaten anything else, NO heart attack risk and guess what? He had a heart attack.

      September 10th, 2013 4:52 pm Reply
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  • Daniel H

    Not to be a troll, but it does bother me when I read an article–someone who clearly is respected, and highly read–that doesn’t delve into the facts and reasons behind things and rather simply uses emotion and feeling to push a point of view. I read this article expecting to find reasons why Smart Balance isn’t good for you, and instead I came across a rant that leads me to believe all modern food technology is simply leading us to an early grave, and that our ancestors (who had far shorter life spans than we do) had it right. Sad part is, I agree with you! I’ve done research on Coconut oil and butter, and while both taste better than the alternatives, it would be nice to read an article that shares a little more science and a little less hatred. I blog about technological issues, and I’m a respected figure in the computer consulting world. It would be irresponsible for me to use my hatred of a particular antivirus software program in order to promote another, simply by the use of angry words. I have very logical reasons for preferring one over the other, and I’m sure there are far more logical reasons to avoid Smart Balance than, “It’s new and processed, could it possibly be good for you?” Antibiotics can be bad for you. But in many cases, people would simply die if we didn’t have them. It seems to me the technique in use for moving people to an educated decision should be reconsidered. Just because it’s “whole,” or “traditional,” doesn’t mean it’s better. There are real reasons this stuff should be avoided, and none of them involve personal feelings.

    December 21st, 2011 4:10 am Reply
    • Oregon SuNsHiNe

      Simply thank you.

      January 18th, 2012 5:51 pm Reply
    • Kailey

      Well said.

      August 15th, 2012 7:55 pm Reply
    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

      Try this out:

      Studies show that reducing saturated fat DOES NOT reduce the risk of obesity or aid weight loss. It does, however, increase the risk of serious fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies, which are especially detrimental to growing children. This post, from the Washington State Department of Health recommends including more traditional, saturated fats in the diet.

      There is plenty of scientific evidence for what Sarah says here…if you look.

      December 7th, 2012 6:34 pm Reply
    • Nanda

      You voice my thoughts, thank you. People with the intention of influencing change/views should provide logical arguments in doing so. Otherwise they could come out childlike.

      July 15th, 2013 7:04 pm Reply
  • Loriel

    Sarah, I just bought my first pound of grassfed cow butter from a local farm here in tampa, and it has a very distinct flavor. Is that how they all are? It’s hard for me to get past the flavor of it.. And it’s kind of discouraging when I wanted to try something raw and wholesome. Am I going to have to learn to like it?

    December 20th, 2011 6:28 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      It’s all what you get used to. My kids turn up their noses to store butter and prefer the raw as that is what they learned to love when first trying butter. Raw grassfed butter definitely has a bit of mild cheese flavor to it. You will probably get used to it. Some just can’t get past it. If that is the case, try pasteurized grassfed butter which is milder in flavor.

      December 20th, 2011 8:27 pm Reply
  • Kay

    I looked at Smart Balance as one of a number of alternatives when diagnosed with high cholesterol a few years ago. I don’t know a lot about some of the ingredients but I do understand the nutrition panels and I was baffled about why it was supposed to so “smart” when it contained virtually the same amount of the things I was trying to avoid as all the other products on the market. Another example, I suppose, of manufacturers banking on consumers falling blindly for a good line.

    December 10th, 2011 12:14 am Reply
  • Lynn Powers (@whatisrealfood)

    There is Nothing Smart About Smart Balance – The Healthy Home Economist

    December 9th, 2011 4:36 pm Reply
  • Rush

    I’m sorry but can you explain how you would genetically modify vegetable oils as was first claimed in your article? I couldn’t read past that.

    December 2nd, 2011 11:10 am Reply
  • robert

    How could you not even mention ghee butter? Come on.

    November 6th, 2011 12:38 pm Reply
  • Olinda Paul

    So……let me get this right… Alternatives are:
    coconut oil
    Palm oil
    I cannot have milk because it coats my throat and lungs and gives me brain fog. My son has a cerebral allergy to milk products because of the casein. I have been using Earth Balance but now I feel guilty for even doing that. Which ones are used for what? Which do you bake with? Does Ghee have casein in it too since it is a milk product? Do you have to make alterations when you bake? Mostly I do bread & cake, pie sort of baking. What do I use instead of butter (for that buttery taste) for toast? Oh and I was told that there is a yeast that tastes buttery could that be used?

    November 3rd, 2011 5:32 pm Reply
    • AJ

      I prefer the taste of coconut oil on my toast and both coconut and palm are solid at a room temp (below 78*) so they work well and taste great for stuff like pie crusts.
      now the ghee is just the fat from the milk and should not contain the casein. my mother is sensitive to casein and has no trouble with ghee.

      January 28th, 2012 2:51 pm Reply
    • Kailey

      As for the yeast, I believe you’re thinking of nutritional yeast, which has a nutty and somewhat cheesy taste and is excellent in mac and (no) cheese as well as in sauces and dips.

      Personally, I just do not eat butter or Earth Balance or any imitations whatsoever. I have not missed it at all since going vegan. I can always find my way around using butter or butter substitutes, even in baking. Olinda, if you looked up vegan recipes you would have more luck finding alternative ways of making your and your son’s favorite foods. It takes a good bit of research and dedication at first, but after a while you will find it is very easy to cook without dairy (and eggs). I use rice milk or blended tofu, applesauce, or mashed bananas for recipes that normally call for butter and eggs. Best of luck!

      August 15th, 2012 7:53 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      On toast or in sandwiches, some yummy natural foods to try as spreads are avocado (so good for you and decadent! monounsaturated, glutathione rich, vitamin rich), nut butters, organic apple butter (called that, but dairy-free 100% apple), hummus.

      I make use of a wide variety of gourmet oils. In addition to your list, you might check out avocado oil, hazelnut oil, walnut oil, macadamia nut oil, dark roasted sesame. If you don’t need to keep your Omega 6 down, there’s grapeseed oil. When buying coconut, make sure to differentiate between organic virgin and ordinary commercial coconut oil (highly processed), choosing the organic virgin ($6 at Trader Joe’s).

      And I see no reason to feel guilty for using Earth Balance on occasion. It does offer that buttery taste you are seeking, if you or your son cannot tolerate dairy. But you might introduce your taste buds to all the other yummy, rich tasting things to try on toast I mentioned above. Lemon curd and organic strawberry jam from Costco are also nice now & then. Raw honey also is a treat on toast.

      You can also bake & cook with various nut milks, coconut milk, etc. But this involves some experimenting to see which ones you like and are the healthfully made, most natural ones. I hate some and like others — very individual!

      January 29th, 2013 3:03 am Reply
  • Sandy

    I do get your point about the total unnaturalness of smart balance and margarine in general. But I don’t buy into the status quo of accepting that drinking bovine body secretions or eating the conglomerated fat globules of said secretions as any more natural than any other food processing performed by humans. I suspect that the majority of humans prefer to drink highly processed bovine body secretions over sucking them directly from a cow’s teat, and to eat a butchered and aged slab of bovine muscle, nicely scorched over high heat, over the excitement of rending it from a living cow with their incisors while the blood and gore drips “naturally” from their human faces.

    Don’t hold it against vegetarians who have to navigate their way through the genteel brutality of modern human society without a compass. Of course most of us may not have the insight to feed all our dietary requirements without falling back on early habits. But, I’m a conscious vegan, and I find myself craving a nice slab of tofu scored with a knife and scorched gently over a saute pan surrounded with steaming broccoli and peanuts with a bit of vegan Pad Thai sauce. Coconut oil serves as butter and milk of the soybean serves as, well, milk! Instead of thinking in terms of deprivation, think in terms of possibilities. You won’t die without a pat of butter–but you’ll enjoy life so much more with the taste of vegan Pad Thai on your lips.

    October 26th, 2011 3:12 pm Reply
    • Alex H

      How nice for you, Sandy, but there are many of us who cannot tolerate any soy, gluten or dairy. I could tolerate goat and sheep products for awhile, but even that tolerance keeps diminishing. Much of America’s soy supply is GMO, which is one of the reasons so few people can tolerate it. Maybe I’ll finally be able to abandon my GF breads, etc. if there is nothing to make them more palatable.

      August 6th, 2012 6:20 pm Reply
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  • Jessica

    I don’t get how you can talk about how unnatural it is to eat margarine when it is extremely unnatural to ingest another species’ milk that is meant for their growing babies. You can imagine how much weight calves put on from milk alone, because it is full of fats and proteins designated to allow the baby to gain weight and grow. That’s why butter can be unhealthy, seeing as we’re not baby cows meant to someday weigh a ton. I think it’s super hypocritical to bash on margarine when taking another species’ baby’s milk is excessively abnormal. In fact, according to USA today the number of adults worldwide who cannot stomach milk is 60% – because only some Europeans recently, on evolutionary terms, developed the ability to drink milk as an adult. People who can drink milk are the minority. Because it isn’t natural to most human bodies.

    Don’t you know your crap stinks the same as the other side? Yeesh.

    October 16th, 2011 7:40 pm Reply
    • Joey

      Wholeheartedly agree here! I’m reading this extremist, completely baseless article and thinking “what about me? You know the guy who’s bowel goes into shock if I ingest lactose?!?”
      I am all about foods in their raw form, but you base this article on…

      That said, does anyone actually know what Smart Balance “natural and artificial flavor is?” I’m looking for fact, not the fiction that the article above was. My concern is whether or not it contains MSG.

      June 10th, 2012 10:10 am Reply
      • Tiffaney

        Those who can’t stomach milk CAN stomach raw milk… You can’t compare pasteurized homogenized milk from grain fed A1 cows to grass fed A2 cow’s raw milk… They are nothing alike. Those who are lactose intolerant can have raw milk (unless they are casein sensitive). And raw milk doesn’t increase mucus production and it is great for regulating blood pressure, blood sugar and weight.

        May 7th, 2013 12:11 pm Reply
  • Jessica & Marshall (@fish_oil)

    There is Nothing Smart About Smart Balance – The Healthy Home Economist

    October 10th, 2011 12:31 am Reply
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  • Barbara

    I just tried Smart Balance, and loved the results in baking. I DO NOT like the taste of real butter, as much as I would prefer to use this more natural fat. Now I’m not so sure I should be using this product, but this leaves me back to square one. What do I use for baking that would be healthy, maintain good texture and NOT taste like butter?

    October 2nd, 2011 10:11 pm Reply
    • Marti

      Try Earth Balance. It’s a healthier alternative (i.e.: no GMOs, 0 cholesterol) and besides their traditional “buttery tasting spread” they have Soy, Soy Free and Olive Oil versions.

      May 1st, 2012 9:27 am Reply
      • Tiffaney

        Earth Balance claims GMO-free but they are NOT GMO free….

        It is made with Soy, Canola oil, Sugar Beets, Palm Fruit Oil, and Agave Syrup….

        *** SPREADS ***
        Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        Olive Oil:
        Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        Soy Free:
        Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        Soy Garden:
        Toxic Ingredients = GMO Soybean, GMO crushed Soybeans, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        Organic Whipped:
        Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        *** SOY MILK ***
        Soy (Toxic):
        Soy in all of Earth Balance’s Soymilk does not follow the slow stringent fermentation process necessary to make soy non-toxic. Consequently the entire Soymilk product line is toxic by their primary ingredient.

        Carrageenan (Toxic):
        The entire Soymilk line also contains Carrageenan, which acts as an emulsifer and stabilizer. All Carrageenan is typically extracted using powerful alkaline solvents. Even at low doses, it has been found to destroy human cells and is linked to various human cancers and digestive disorders. Carrageenan has also been found to impair and depress cell-mediated immunity and cause the proliferation of tumour growth. The mechanism responsible for carrageenan-induced immune suppression is believed to be its selective degenerative effect on white blood cells.

        *** DRESSINGS ***
        All Dressings contain GMO Canola

        *** BAKING STICKS ***
        Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola

        Vegan Butter Sticks:
        Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)

        *** NUT BUTTERS ***
        All Nut Butters contain:
        Toxic Ingredients = Agave Syrup
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        *** CULINARY SPREADS ***
        Organic Coconut:
        Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola Oil, Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        Organic Sweet Cinnamon:
        Toxic Ingredients = Crushed Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        Organic Sweet Cinnamon:
        Toxic Ingredients = Crushed Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        After reviewing all of the above, is this a company that takes the health of our planet just as serious as they do health and wellness? They do not protect the environment or source ingredients from agricultural methods that work in harmony with nature. They do not uphold their Non-GMO commitment and they continue to use toxic emulsifiers and sweeteners.

        Earth Balance should be ashamed of their misrepresentation and I urge you to help educate others by sharing this information with as many health conscious consumers as possible. The only way we will stimulate a call for action and bring a greater sense of integrity to the health food industry is by exposing companies like Smart Balance and their subsidiary Earth Balance.

        March 25th, 2014 3:52 pm Reply
  • honestyrocks

    I am open to your arguments about Smart Balance, and your article has prompted me to go and do my own research, and that is always good. But the sarcasm with which the article is written makes it hard not to wince all the way through it, and is something to have to sift through in order to get to the good that you are trying to communicate. Also, and I say this believing you are probably right , but if you are going to make a charge (“The soybean and canola oils are almost certainly genetically modified” and “Vitamin D — the label doesn’t even specify what type, but I can pretty much guarantee it’s synthetic”), do the necessary homework first so you can make the charge without speculation. It’s hard to respect the “almost certainly” and the “pretty much guarantee” statements. You are making serious charges, and that’s okay, but only if you back them up with facts. All this said, thank you for bringing the issue to the surface for additional thought.

    September 22nd, 2011 9:40 am Reply
    • use words with care

      I definitely agree with you here. I enjoy researching multiple sides to things in order to come to my own conclusions. It was more wince-inducing to read this article than it was directly informative. You’re not going to convince anybody to ‘come to your side’ of things by blatantly insulting them for being where they are already at (a Smart Balance consumer). That is more of a bullying tactic than persuasive writing. Consider writing posts like these when less emotional?

      Aside from that, all this natural vs organic vs genetically-modified vs factory-produced vs grass-fed arguing is really redundant. There are no true ‘facts’ out there. All is theory, until debunked by yet another theory. Someone could do all the same research as you, find out all the same ‘facts’, have all the same experiences, and still come to a different conclusion on what it is they decide to put in their body. To each their own. Just as there are arguments against raw butter, there are arguments against spreads. Each one continually trying to debunk another. No one side is the ‘best’. These things are not linear, especially when there are so many variables involved. There is only ‘what’s best for you’.

      If would could stop sharing information so heatedly as if it were political propaganda, maybe people would actually feel comfortable to learn more. Instead, this kind of debate pushes people away. No matter what your POV – nobody’s going to want to hear it from an elitist………except for other elitists. Which is so perfectly demonstrated in the thread. You hear ‘we need to teach these people’ come out, but what you really want is to just hear like-voices reiterating. This may make your message louder, but not stronger.

      March 24th, 2012 1:42 pm Reply
  • jamie smith

    couldn’t agree more!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15th, 2011 7:52 pm Reply
  • Michael

    Do any of W. Price’s book specifically talk about K2 and butter oil? looking for some more info.

    September 9th, 2011 10:59 am Reply
  • Penny

    Thank you for this. Your blog is so informative, and I’ve learned so much from your articles! Keep up the great work!

    September 6th, 2011 7:01 pm Reply
  • Dana B

    fyi, all Earth Balance products are gmo-free; that’s one of the distinctions from Smart Balance. fwiw.

    August 15th, 2011 6:59 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Earth Balance claims GMO-free but they are NOT GMO free….

      It is made with Soy, Canola oil, Sugar Beets, Palm Fruit Oil, and Agave Syrup….

      *** SPREADS ***
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Olive Oil:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Soy Free:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Soy Garden:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Soybean, GMO crushed Soybeans, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Organic Whipped:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      *** SOY MILK ***
      Soy (Toxic):
      Soy in all of Earth Balance’s Soymilk does not follow the slow stringent fermentation process necessary to make soy non-toxic. Consequently the entire Soymilk product line is toxic by their primary ingredient.

      Carrageenan (Toxic):
      The entire Soymilk line also contains Carrageenan, which acts as an emulsifer and stabilizer. All Carrageenan is typically extracted using powerful alkaline solvents. Even at low doses, it has been found to destroy human cells and is linked to various human cancers and digestive disorders. Carrageenan has also been found to impair and depress cell-mediated immunity and cause the proliferation of tumour growth. The mechanism responsible for carrageenan-induced immune suppression is believed to be its selective degenerative effect on white blood cells.

      *** DRESSINGS ***
      All Dressings contain GMO Canola

      *** BAKING STICKS ***
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola

      Vegan Butter Sticks:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)

      *** NUT BUTTERS ***
      All Nut Butters contain:
      Toxic Ingredients = Agave Syrup
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      *** CULINARY SPREADS ***
      Organic Coconut:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola Oil, Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Organic Sweet Cinnamon:
      Toxic Ingredients = Crushed Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Organic Sweet Cinnamon:
      Toxic Ingredients = Crushed Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      After reviewing all of the above, is this a company that takes the health of our planet just as serious as they do health and wellness? They do not protect the environment or source ingredients from agricultural methods that work in harmony with nature. They do not uphold their Non-GMO commitment and they continue to use toxic emulsifiers and sweeteners.

      Earth Balance should be ashamed of their misrepresentation and I urge you to help educate others by sharing this information with as many health conscious consumers as possible. The only way we will stimulate a call for action and bring a greater sense of integrity to the health food industry is by exposing companies like Smart Balance and their subsidiary Earth Balance.

      March 25th, 2014 3:52 pm Reply
  • It’s a Secret

    Allow me to play devil’s advocate.

    Smart Balance has more mono and polyunsaturated fats than butter, which is derived from animals. For vegetarians and cost – conscious consumers who want a product that tastes like butter, trans fat – free margarine is a healthy alternative. A tablespoon of butter has 80 calories and high saturated fat content. A lighter margarine can help people on diets with caloric restrictions. I have high cholesterol that is genetic so it is good when I reduce the amount of animal products that I eat. “Natural” does not automatically mean healthy.

    There are legitimate concerns about the use of preservatives in food products but Smart Balance is no worse than thousands of other grocery products including cereals, jams, cookies, cookies, cakes, and most other products. It is probably safer for the consumer (and cheaper) to have a product on the shelf that stores well, rather than one that molds in a week. The criticism about products made in factories is a matter of personal taste. After the Industrial Revolution factories streamlined the process of preparing and packaging many common products. It reduces the cost of creating a product and thus lowers the end price for both the consumer and the company. Nothing is lost when a machine wraps a label around a jar of mustard or stamps a “best by” date on an item. Factories are not bad, although it may be healthy to steer clear of heavily processed meats or nutritionally stripped “white” grains. There are also healthy modern processes like pasteurization that prevent harmful bacteria from causing illness or death. In the late 19th century a major cause of death in the United States was from consuming tainted dairy products. Many of these bacteria are naturally occurring and cannot be sanitized in full without a process like pasteurization. Back to personal taste, people are free to stick with “natural” alternatives close to the farm and minimally processed. But even products sold at Whole Foods are produced in factories and follow local standards.

    There is also criticism about Smart Balance over the alleged use of genetically modified ingredients. This argument is legitimate but sometimes extreme. There is nothing unethical in my mind about altering the DNA of a food product to make a plant more hardy against insects, or to increase the nutritional content of the yield. Isn’t it healthy to reduce pesticide use, or eat vitamin – rich fruits and vegetables? One can always retain a depository of heirloom crop seeds. For positive examples of GMO foods, read about “golden rice,” which contains enhanced levels of vitamin A. Those levels may prevent many children in the third world from blindness due to malnutrition. But there are gray areas and ethical questions about the use of GMO foods. I am opposed to the idea of a corporation patenting a gene or creating a sterile crop, forcing the farmer (peon) to buy seed from that company or risk a lawsuit in the case of cross pollination from the GMO crop.

    All in all, I consider the concern about Smart Balance to be largely about emotion and taste rather than logical thinking. I will continue to use margarine with my meals because I find it healthier than consuming an animal product heavy in saturated fat. The heavy processing doesn’t bother me.

    August 9th, 2011 3:18 am Reply
    • Ellen

      Paranoia about saturated fat is based on fifty years of flawed (and sometimes, as in Ancel Keys’ widely cited “Seven Countries Study”, fraudulent) research. Research over the last decade has made it quite clear, as people knew up to the Fifties, that there’s nothing wrong with saturated fat. (Just for fun, sometime, look up what your brain is made of.)

      Unfortunately, most nutritionists and MDs haven’t caught up yet. But that doesn’t mean you should be parroting old conventional wisdom when you could be reading current science.

      November 3rd, 2011 1:27 am Reply
      • Daniel H

        What? “Current science” teaches that simple carbohydrates are the leading cause of obesity due to the easy conversion of glucose to stored fat in the body. It doesn’t teach that high fat consumption leads to better heart health or slimmer waistlines. People also knew in the fifties that radar was okay to have in police cars (cancer???) and that reading in dim light led to eyesight problems (not true). I just read a well thought out post that brought a tone of logic to this discussion. Not sure what you read. I don’t understand how you can expect people to respect your opinion (let alone take it as medical fact) when you fill your arguments with fact-less, emotionally charged (and often insulting) language. Your entire standpoint is based on the very “old conventional wisdom” that you just lambasted “it’s a secret” for citing.

        December 21st, 2011 5:55 pm Reply
        • Dustin

          Exactly! Whats wrong with these people: believing this garbage science!!! Oh well, let them eat their so called “Healthy food” and Ill stick with my usual animal-fat-rich diet, which gives me tons of energy and will keep my heart healthy!

          July 5th, 2012 5:44 pm Reply
  • Natschultz

    I HATE the new Smart Balance ad that shows “Happy Danish People” so “thankful” that Smart Balance came to the rescue once Trans Fats were banned in Europe. Are you KIDDING ME? Can Danes really be that STUPID?!?

    Oh, I remember seeing a very bizarre ad once, perhaps it was for Silk Soy Milk – it was a family of cartoon COWS living like people and how the Mama cow and baby cows all switched to SOY milk because it is “healthier” and the mama cow secretly replaced the Papa cow’s REAL milk with soy milk, and he tasted it and ended up loving it – and then they were a “Happy, healthy” family of cows sitting around the table eating cereal and drinking coffee. The message: Even Cows don’t drink real milk because it’s bad for you. INSANE!!! Sadly, most poor cows ARE force-fed SOY and unhealthy cereal grains. How ironic!

    July 18th, 2011 1:02 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    Wow I remember my mom always had a tub of Country Crock “butter” in the fridge. Yuck!

    June 24th, 2011 4:58 pm Reply
  • S.

    I’m not trying to impose but what is the real need to make a spread when you can just let the butter sit out a little longer, and it spreads just fine that way?

    if you let the butter sit awhile, it spreads great.

    May 16th, 2011 10:06 pm Reply
  • Brooke Lorren

    My husband still eats margarine, but I try to avoid it. When he cooks, I try to get him to use that instead of his margarine in cooking. I started using butter after I read the statistics that as the rate of margarine use goes up and butter has gone down, heart disease has gone up.

    May 12th, 2011 3:02 pm Reply
  • Snickerbee

    The easiest way to convice people to not eat Margrine or any of that other crap is to put a tub out where there are mice. They will not touch it. Put butter out and it will be gone in no time. Margrine is 1 molocule from plastic……..

    May 10th, 2011 11:41 am Reply
    • It’s a Secret

      I’ve heard that chocolate is one molecule away from cocaine; does that make chocolate unhealthy?

      Although I am freaked out by the fact that animals don’t touch margarine. Maybe they smell something that humans are not able to?

      August 9th, 2011 3:21 am Reply
      • kaymo

        what’s the chemical formula for chocolate? i am really interested in comparing that of cocaine (C17H21NO4) with that of chocolate. thanks.

        February 19th, 2012 1:39 am Reply
        • Lin

          Theobromine (theobromide[2]), formerly known as xantheose,[1] is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant, with the chemical formula C7H8N4O2. It is found in chocolate

          August 20th, 2013 10:37 pm Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Now I don’t support any fake food, but I dislike this argument. Everything is one molecule away from something that is bad…. Think carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, or water and hydrogen peroxide….

      Animals don’t touch margarine because it is NOT food… That is the worst thing, not that it is “one molecule away from plastic”…

      August 19th, 2013 4:07 pm Reply
      • Lin

        I think the point of margarine being one molecule away from plastic is that margarine IS NOT food…

        August 20th, 2013 10:25 pm Reply
        • Tiffaney

          I would agree it is NOT food, but I just hate when others say this and then those who are “pro-margarine” can use this to make us sound like we don’t know what we are talking about. Let’s just use facts!! Margarine raises risk of heart disease, butter from grass-fed cows (A2 cows) do NOT raise risk of any disease from the use of butter.

          In fact, butter, FCLO/BO, bone broth soup, etc can all heal cavities because of the minerals in them. What else can you eat that has the power to heal cavities and holes in your teeth right before your eyes (proven with x-rays even)?

          Margarine actually shares no chemical similarities with plastic. The primary ingredients in margarine include vegetable oil, skim milk, salt, and emulsifiers. Plastics, on the other hand are composed of long molecules called polymers. Even if margarine was “one molecule away” from being plastic, such a claim has no real meaning in terms of suitability as a food product. The slightest variation in molecular structure between two substances can have a huge impact on the qualities of those substances. For example, water is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (H2O). Hydrogen peroxide, on the other hand, is composed of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms (H2O2). Although the two substances are only one atom different, they are vastly different substances.

          It is important to note that, although margarine is not one molecule away from being plastic, it has been shown to possibly increase the risk of heart disease in people (depending on the fat used to make the margarine. In 2003, researchers found that trans fats could be the culprit in the development of coronary disease.

          August 21st, 2013 9:23 am Reply
  • Waikiki Massage

    Awesome details here on There is Nothing Smart About Smart Balance – food is very important :)

    May 5th, 2011 2:48 am Reply
  • Rachel

    I was raised that way too – so gross!!! My parents still insist margarine is the ‘healthy’ choice, even though my father had his first heart attack and double bypass at 52 after years of margarine and lots of processed foods. He’s had 3 different heart/blood vessel related surgeries, is on countless meds and still believes what his cardiologist says is best. Of the people I know, the ones who are the least healthy are the ones eating ‘frankenfood’ and other processed garbage substitutes. That just confirms that I am doing what’s right by my kids. I just don’t get how people can do that to their kids. Insane.

    May 1st, 2011 11:54 am Reply
  • Danielle @ Analytical Mom

    Love this post, Sarah! We must be on the same wavelength today – I just started making my own butter-EVOO blend to spread on toast. While making the spread the other day, I ate a few tablespoons of butter because it just looked so fantastic… thinking about it later, I realized I hadn’t had much good fat lately. Amazing how our bodies know what we need, isn’t it?

    April 4th, 2011 1:10 pm Reply
  • judee@glutenfreeA-Z

    I agree with you, but it can be misleading. I have so many friends who think they are eating smarter by eating that stuff. My sister in law and her family are dairy free. Any good choices for them? I am going to send her your post.
    Great job! Eventhough I knew better, I was beginning to think about using it!! thanks for the wake up call!

    April 4th, 2011 9:38 am Reply
    • Diann

      If they are dairy free, they could choose extra virgin olive oil, or for baking purposes (since the flavor of that oil may be undesired there) choose coconut or avocado oil, or a mix of the two.

      (I’ve steered away from margarine and those spreads for ages, even before I discovered the Whole Food movement.)

      April 29th, 2011 4:26 pm Reply
  • Angela

    LOVE this! You’re fantastic!
    I was just ranting to a friend about this a couple weeks ago, calling it nothing more
    than a bucket of GMOs.
    When I was doing a research on it, I came across smug vegans bragging
    about how much more they care about their bodies and their health than everyone
    else and how much Smart Balance they ate.
    If I was a diplomatic person, I would have left a comment, but I’m not.
    I just cried a little inside.
    Ok, maybe a little snarky laugh escaped my lips at first.

    April 1st, 2011 3:05 am Reply
  • Sally L

    I am reading all this about 5 yrs too late! As I have been eating earth balance for about that whole time :(. 2 weeks ago or so I asked my husband to get me real butter along with the earth balance and the real butter is sooo good. I am the only one who eats it right off of the knife? My son does too I call him butter mouth lol. He always asks for some when I am using it..

    I hope you will see this comment as I need some advice and didn’t want to post on your FB page as my husband will see it. I am trying so hard to make our diet better but it all costs money. Is there anything you can think of that would help someone with a very tight budget? He says we can’t afford good meat :(. And it sickens me to think of what we are eating.

    I have been trying to get him to put down the 50$ on a herdshare for almost a yr now so we can get raw milk. If we could just do that it would be so much more inexpensive per month then what we spend on goat milk. I just can’t seem to get over that initial 50$ spending with him.

    The thing that really upsets me is he spends probably about 6$ a day or every couple of days on cigarettes. I could get a pound of good ground beef for 6$. I told him today for every pack of cigarettes he buys I am getting a pound of beef but he holds the money so it is very doubtful that will happen. Any suggestions for a mama who has no extra money to eat well? Thank you so much!

    March 31st, 2011 6:04 pm Reply
    • Jackie Leyba

      No, you aren’t the only one!!! I love butter when it’s ice cold and I do eat it off the knife!!!

      June 4th, 2012 11:47 am Reply
    • Alex H

      You have my sympathy, Sally. Unfortunately, if you can’t get your husband to stop smoking, you and your children won’t live long enough to worry about Alzheimer’s, etc. My grandfather never smoked, but my grandmother smoked like a chimney. Both his parents lived into their 80s and 90s, while he died at 73. He didn’t take the best care of himself, but the smoking didn’t help. My parents also smoked; my father died of cancer at 40, while my mother died of a heart attack at 67. Cigs robbed them of so many years. My siblings and I all suffer from terrible allergies, which I don’t doubt were related to all that second-hand smoke.

      August 6th, 2012 6:08 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Here’s a tip: butter freezes beautifully, and with spring just around the corner, it’s great to stock up on raw butter from cows grazing on lush green spring grass. You can also do this in the fall and be set for the winter. The deep yellow indicates high levels of nutrients like true vitamin A — and high levels of deliciousness!

    March 27th, 2011 10:58 am Reply
  • Magda Velecky

    While Earth Balance appears to be better (definitely soy free is better), there is still canola oil in the ingredients. I’m thinking making your own “unbutter” like one of the posters mentioned would be better.
    About the egg substitute: I think the previous poster was talking about the “fake eggs” in cartons: where you have egg whites plus some color for those who want a cholesterol free product. I say why bother buying it? Can you use it in baking? Probably not. Egg replacer can be used in baking – I think it’s flaxseed? Chia might work, too.

    March 24th, 2011 10:52 am Reply
    • Sophie


      Again, this is incorrect. As the link the other poster provided will answer for you (in its comparison of products), the extra virgin olive oil one does not contain canola as the canola is replaced by the additional extra virgin olive oil.

      January 29th, 2013 2:20 am Reply
      • Tiffaney

        Do you mean the one called Olive Oil ( It states canola oil right on the side of the label, under ingredients….

        It states:
        Natural oil blend (palm fruit, **CANOLA**, soybean, extra virgin olive and flax), filtered water, etc…….

        Olive Oil:
        Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
        Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

        March 25th, 2014 3:47 pm Reply
  • ElizaBeth

    I’m surprised you lumped Earth Balance with Smart Balance. Earth balance IS non-GM and you can buy it soy free and organic too! For those allergic to dairy this is the best alternative. You should check it out sometime!(And those with egg allergies need egg substitute too.)

    March 24th, 2011 10:34 am Reply
    • Tiffaney

      Earth Balance claims GMO-free but they are NOT GMO free….

      It is made with Soy, Canola oil, Sugar Beets, Palm Fruit Oil, and Agave Syrup….

      *** SPREADS ***
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Olive Oil:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Soy Free:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Soy Garden:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Soybean, GMO crushed Soybeans, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Organic Whipped:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      *** SOY MILK ***
      Soy (Toxic):
      Soy in all of Earth Balance’s Soymilk does not follow the slow stringent fermentation process necessary to make soy non-toxic. Consequently the entire Soymilk product line is toxic by their primary ingredient.

      Carrageenan (Toxic):
      The entire Soymilk line also contains Carrageenan, which acts as an emulsifer and stabilizer. All Carrageenan is typically extracted using powerful alkaline solvents. Even at low doses, it has been found to destroy human cells and is linked to various human cancers and digestive disorders. Carrageenan has also been found to impair and depress cell-mediated immunity and cause the proliferation of tumour growth. The mechanism responsible for carrageenan-induced immune suppression is believed to be its selective degenerative effect on white blood cells.

      *** DRESSINGS ***
      All Dressings contain GMO Canola

      *** BAKING STICKS ***
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola

      Vegan Butter Sticks:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)

      *** NUT BUTTERS ***
      All Nut Butters contain:
      Toxic Ingredients = Agave Syrup
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      *** CULINARY SPREADS ***
      Organic Coconut:
      Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola Oil, Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Organic Sweet Cinnamon:
      Toxic Ingredients = Crushed Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      Organic Sweet Cinnamon:
      Toxic Ingredients = Crushed Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin
      Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

      After reviewing all of the above, is this a company that takes the health of our planet just as serious as they do health and wellness? They do not protect the environment or source ingredients from agricultural methods that work in harmony with nature. They do not uphold their Non-GMO commitment and they continue to use toxic emulsifiers and sweeteners.

      Earth Balance should be ashamed of their misrepresentation and I urge you to help educate others by sharing this information with as many health conscious consumers as possible. The only way we will stimulate a call for action and bring a greater sense of integrity to the health food industry is by exposing companies like Smart Balance and their subsidiary Earth Balance.

      March 25th, 2014 3:41 pm Reply
  • Thor Falk

    Surprising that you need to write a long post for something that should be obvious. Nevertheless, I guarantee you’ll scream. Repeatedly…

    March 24th, 2011 9:38 am Reply
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  • Jo at Jo’s Health Corner

    Great post! I am getting so fed up with all these fake, low fat products that everyone is buying into. I have had people over at my house being totally shocked that I didn’t have any low fat products at home, they refused to eat any of my products… I used to mix butter with flax oil, olive oil, or and/or fish oil for a great spread and my kids loved it.
    When are people going to realize that the pharmaceutical companies are deciding what is the “correct” level of cholesterol so that they can sell more medications.

    Don’t get me started on the egg substitutes in cartons at the store…

    March 24th, 2011 12:16 am Reply
  • Laura

    Just wanted to share my healthy homemade spread recipe. Take 1 stick of real butter and let it get soft at room temp using my stick blender I blend in 1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil until mixed. I store it in the frig but it spreads pretty easily. Just FYI. New to this site and am learning a lot! Thanks!

    March 23rd, 2011 11:02 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Welcome Laura! Thank you for sharing your healthy spread recipe! Sounds wonderful :)

      March 23rd, 2011 11:04 pm Reply
    • D.

      I do this with coconut oil and butter instead of olive oil. Lately, every time I purchase EVOO it smells really rancid. Doesn’t seem to matter what brand, it all smells rather rancid. Maybe I’m just tired of it and need a break! I make my own homemade butter most of the time, so the only time I add coconut oil to it is if I’m running out and need it to go farther. Otherwise, I leave my butter alone!

      March 24th, 2011 8:49 pm Reply
    • Sarah

      Ah! I just posted my recipe for this as well before seeing yours! I use more like a 1 to 1 ratio. It makes it more spreadable, but yours would utilize more butter.

      May 16th, 2011 12:23 pm Reply
  • Lovelyn

    Great article. My parents still eat this stuff. No matter how many times I tell them it’s not good for them they don’t listen.

    March 23rd, 2011 6:38 pm Reply
  • Magda Velecky

    I admit we used to eat Shedd’s Spread Country Crock (shudder). I say we as in my parents and myself. In my household it’s always been butter – I have always loved it and ate it off a spoon as a child. My 6.5 year old is warming up to butter lately – he unfortunately prefers his Philly (like DH).. sigh. Even though right now I can’t have milk or cream, I tolerate butter just fine and eat it often!!

    March 23rd, 2011 4:19 pm Reply
  • Andrea (Andreas Kitchen)

    I remember years ago there was a plant in Tracy, CA that made the butter flavoring for popcorn, etc. The workers there were getting very sick and even developing lung cancer from working with whatever the chemicals were. I am sure that plant is still producing their “edible” poison!

    March 23rd, 2011 3:30 pm Reply
  • Bess

    As my husband and I were watching tv last night, a commercial came on for “I can’t believe it’s not butter”; I decided a better name would be: “I can’t believe it’s not healthy.”

    March 23rd, 2011 3:19 pm Reply
  • Linda

    I just wanted to say that I love butter. It is one of my favorite foods!

    March 23rd, 2011 1:57 pm Reply
  • Jill @ The Prairie Homestead

    Great post! And so true about needing to listen to our bodies cravings sometimes.
    I found it very interesting that I craved fish and grapefruit like CRAZY when I was pregnant. Funny part is that I usually don’t even care for fish! My body was asking for some healthy fats and vitamin C.
    We don’t have Kerrygold butter available around here. So, I’m remedying that problem by finally getting our own milk cow! Picking her up with weekend. My mouth is already watering when I think of all the rich cream and homemade butter!

    March 23rd, 2011 1:33 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    Just a tip for those who like their REAL BUTTER spreadable: invest in a butter bell! Google “butter bell” or look on Amazon; my favorite is the Emile Henry – beautiful colors, but pricey at $36. You can get them for under $10 if you aren’t picky like me. ;). Anyway, the butter bell is two pieces – the top is filled with butter and placed upside-down into the bottom, which holds a little water. The water forms a seal to keep the butter fresh, but you can then leave it out on your counter and it’s always soft and spreadable.

    March 23rd, 2011 1:28 pm Reply
    • Teresa

      I found a butter bell at the discount store Ross for $5.99. (It is like a TJ Maxx) it pays to keep your eyes opened for items like that.. and yes I love it!

      March 23rd, 2011 1:55 pm Reply
  • Holly

    Okay, I need help finding grass fed butter and cheese. All our grocery stores carry are the typical name brands and store brands. I will not eat those because the cows are raised on cattle lots and grain fed. I get my milk from a farm in my area that sells the milk from cows that are pasture fed 365 days a year. I can get it at an Earthfare store near me, but I am having a real problem finding butter and cheese, and this farm does not make butter or cheese, and they do not offer cream so I cannot make my own. My thought was to look at my local farmer’s market, but they do not open until the last part of April. So my question is , do you know of a name brand that IS pastured that I could try until then (if I even find it at the farmer’s market)? I saw Kerrygold butter at my Earthfare, but I do not know anything about them. I have also seen local Amish butter, but I don’t know about them or their practices yet.
    Many thanks!!

    March 23rd, 2011 1:14 pm Reply
    • Stanley Fishman

      Holly, Kerrygold is from grassfed pastured cows in Ireland, where the soil is rich in minerals, and the grass is green and perfect food for cattle. It is a wonderful product, and we use it whenever there is a shortage of local pastured butter, which is quite common these days.

      March 23rd, 2011 1:51 pm Reply
  • Liz Berry Wagner

    Hear Hear! A woman after my own heart! There’s nothing like real budduh!

    March 23rd, 2011 12:54 pm Reply
  • Susan E

    Amen Sista!

    March 23rd, 2011 12:51 pm Reply
  • D.

    Did anyone catch the newest ad on TV for SILK milk? (the soy crap) They show a family stocking their fridge with all the different types of silk milk products and at the end of the ad the Mom says “Mama said – we’re changin’ over ” or something like that. Makes me want to strangle the Mom right through the screen, and knock the rest of the family members upside the head and say “what on earth are you thinking”? ; -> The Dad says “it tastes a lot better than I thought it would”. . . taste?? What taste? If it tastes like the soybeans it’s made from it must taste awful, and if it tastes “good” then it’s only because they’ve added other stuff to HIDE the soy flavor, right? This must be some good product, huh? Hide the real flavor of the soybeans with vanilla or some other artificial flavor because the soy is so gross. Wonderful. GM soy and artificial flavor. Sounds healthy, no? (I’m wearing my sarcasm hat)

    March 23rd, 2011 12:01 pm Reply
    • Mikki

      YES! I was shocked! They must be getting nervous about WAPF and the rediscovery of real raw milk! They should be scared. Their sales are probably falling off now that people are getting wise to the dangers of soy!

      March 23rd, 2011 1:32 pm Reply
    • Nicole

      Actually, the soybeans in Silk milk are guaranteed to never be genetically modified, and there is also an organic line available. As for the health benefits, you should do some research. I can’t argue taste, because I think anything with that consistency is disgusting unless you heat it and add sugar/coffee/chocolate – cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or goat’s milk – but I do prefer to taste of soy milk in my coffee (not to mention I am lactose intolerant).

      November 21st, 2012 5:33 pm Reply
      • Yvonne

        What about Silk Almond Milk? I can’t drink regular milk because I’m lactose intolerant, so for the past 6 months or so, I’ve been using Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened, and I love it.

        March 20th, 2013 9:14 am Reply
      • Tiffaney

        The wonderful thing about raw milk is that you can’t be lactose intolerant to it, because it has lactase in it, which digests lactose for you. I understand they say they don’t use GM soy, but they use soy in a ton of things, so to me it seems hard to imagine that they don’t use GM seeds for soy….

        August 19th, 2013 4:01 pm Reply
  • D.

    Doesn’t Smart Balance also make milk that they’re always advertising on TV as being “healthy” because it has no fat in it?? I think it’s the same company but not sure. Also, in my area we have a brand of dairy products called Land ‘O Lakes. They make a spreadable “butter” (they actually have the nerve to call it butter) which they advertise as being heart healthy because it’s made with – get this – canola oil…… arg!

    We REALLY need to educate people about dairy products and fats etc., don’t we? So many simply

    March 23rd, 2011 11:48 am Reply
    • D.

      oops — didn’t get to finish that before it “submitted itself”! As I was saying… so many simply don’t understand things like ghee and lard and tallow. I do my level best to direct them towards sites like this one and also I get absolutely PREACHY about WAPF and
      I figure we’re constantly being bugged by ads for drugs and nonsensical “nutrition” advice — so I might as well blow the horn loud and clear for REAL health information.

      March 23rd, 2011 11:51 am Reply
  • Angie B

    How about being referred to as an “UN-Food Snob”, it’s not the food we all have issues with, it’s the “Food Like Substances.”

    March 23rd, 2011 11:23 am Reply
  • Mikki

    I sure tried to cook with butter substitutes way back in the 1980’s when all fats were evil and high carb was in. My body certainly told me it wasn’t right. By the time I’d cleared away my breakfast dishes I was already hungry again! Not to mention, if you are a serious cook, you cannot cook with that stuff! Julia Child thought it was ghastly and always advised to use butter, and lots of it! So, give me butter, real pastured butter and “Bon appetit!”

    March 23rd, 2011 10:56 am Reply
  • Becky

    I just cringe every time I’m reaching for butter at the market and I see someone reaching for any kind of “spread”. I feel so upset that so many people could be duped into thinking they’re doing something healthy for their body.

    March 23rd, 2011 10:54 am Reply
  • Nancy

    Definitely all for the real thing! Butter! I have also developed a taste for coconut oil (the really good unprocessed one) as a spread!

    March 23rd, 2011 10:48 am Reply
  • Crystal


    I’m wondering if you can give me a brand name of butter that you use or suggest? The butter aisle is extremely confusing for me because there are so many that make so many different claims. Does real butter come in a tub or just the sticks? I am truly ignorant when it comes to Real BUTTER…HELP

    March 23rd, 2011 10:43 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Crystal, the best store butter is Kerry Gold which comes in a silver colored wrapper. I do use Kerry Gold, but most of my butter is from a local farm so it is grassbased and loaded with the magical vitamin K2!!!

      I’ve not seen real butter in tubs. Make sure to read the label if you are unsure to make certain that you are only buying the real thing!

      March 23rd, 2011 11:00 am Reply
      • Barb

        Pasturelands is excellent. I notice a lot of real foodies recommending Kerry Gold- are many of you unfamiliar with Pasturelands? Isn’t Kerry Gold from Ireland?

        March 23rd, 2011 12:55 pm Reply
        • Carol

          I use Pastureland butter but my husband doesn’t like it. The taste is a little too strong (not sure what word is right, strong, sharp??) for him so he’ll buy other butter (Land O’ Lakes). Lately I bought the Kerry Gold on Sarah’s advice in videos here and it’s not so strong and he will eat that. So, it’s a good compromise. The KG is also cheaper than Pastureland.

          March 23rd, 2011 2:08 pm Reply
      • Nancy

        Both Land O’Lakes and Challenge Dairy Products make a whipped butter in tubs which I use. You do have to take it out of the refrigerator 20-30 minutes before you want to use it if you want it spreadable. Both are still just pasteurized cream and salt; but you can’t use them in recipes that require measureable amounts because the volume is different due to the air being whipped in. Be wary at the store, as they are next to versions which contain canola oil or olive oil and fake ingredients, e.g., Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene. Both of the ones (Challenge and Lo’L) I use are in round yellow containers (not oblong). Smith’s (Kroger’s) is the best place for me to find them in Albuquerque. Go to Land O’Lakes’ website to see their choices — (I use the salted whipped butter as my store only has it plus the ones mixed with canola oil and olive oil.) Here’s the website for Challenge:

        March 23rd, 2011 4:58 pm Reply
    • WordVixen

      Crystal- Kerrygold is the best tasting pastured butter that I’ve seen in mainstream grocery stores (I’ve heard that Smjor is better, but it’s exclusive to Whole Foods), but if you can’t find it, try to find Woodstock Farms. It’s organic and at least partially grassfed (I spoke to a company rep who said that it is grassfed, though she didn’t go into details, and it is a darker yellow than regular store butter, which is generally a good sign).

      If you can’t find either, try to find out if there’s a local dairy to you. Here in PA I can get Trickling Springs Creamery butter which is head and shoulders above Kerrygold, but harder to find. Apparently there’s a Humbolt’s somewhere else in the US, and lots of smaller dairies. Plus, I often get wonderful raw butter from the farmer that I buy my milk from.

      As for tubs vs sticks- it depends on the dairy. Kerrygold comes in a half pound rectangle, Woodstock Farms comes in sticks, Trickling Springs comes in tubs.

      There’s a thread on PaleoHacks about everyone’s favorite pastured butter, maybe you can get some ideas from that?

      March 23rd, 2011 5:13 pm Reply
  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    Hate the crap that passes for “food,” I can barely even walk into a grocery store anymore. I absolutely can’t wait until the spring is really here and the grass starts growing and I can make tons of real, deep yellow butter. Mmm…. And to all those who say you’ll gain weight or have high cholesterol…my husband LOST 60 lbs. and has really low cholesterol (actually too low) eating tons of butter and eggs and steak. :)

    March 23rd, 2011 10:41 am Reply
    • Margaret Vonnahme

      Just because his cholesterol is low does not mean he can’t have heart disease.

      August 3rd, 2013 2:01 pm Reply
      • Tiffaney

        Margarine raises your risk of heart disease…

        It is important to note that it has been shown to possibly increase the risk of heart disease in people (depending on the fat used to make the margarine). In 2003, researchers found that trans fats could be the culprit in the development of coronary disease.

        August 21st, 2013 9:17 am Reply
  • Amber

    Hahaha- love this post! I was JUST thinking the same thing last night when I saw a commercial for it and for another kind of “smart” milk that were both being endorsed by celebrities. Totally disgusting the way the advertisers work it to convince people they’re only “smart” if they go for this nasty stuff! :(
    Thankful for you and others who teach REAL nutrition!

    March 23rd, 2011 10:39 am Reply
  • Julie

    I scream, you scream we all scream for real cream!!!

    March 23rd, 2011 10:35 am Reply
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    Hi Rebecca and Christy, you might want to experiment a bit at home with hand mixing some good quality EVOO, coconut oil, and sunflower or sesame oil (try 1/3 of each to start and then play with the ratios a bit to suit your taste) and then refrigerating. It should harden up but still be soft enough to spread.

    March 23rd, 2011 10:35 am Reply
    • Christy


      March 23rd, 2011 11:09 am Reply
      • Rebecca

        thanks from me too!!

        March 28th, 2011 1:15 pm Reply
  • Christy

    Just read comment on your palm shortening idea which kind of answers my question…. but does palm shortening taste like butter?

    March 23rd, 2011 10:33 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Christy, palm shortening does not taste like butter. If you are just avoiding the milk proteins, GHEE would be an excellent choice for you as it is pure butter oil with the milk proteins removed. Lots of butter taste in ghee!

      March 23rd, 2011 10:37 am Reply
      • trudi

        I make my own GHEE according to a suggestion from an Indian manufacturer who said to skim the foam off the butter when bolling it to remove the cholesterol. I am not convinced about this is as I’ve read conflicting info. Any comments?
        What I really want to ask you now is this: how do you remove the milk proteins from the butter when making GHEE? My granddaughter is allergic to milk protein and my daughter, who breast-feeds her, is afraid to touch milk products. Smart Balance is unfortunately her substitute when she wants to eat something other than olive oil.

        October 1st, 2011 9:09 am Reply
    • DB

      Spectrum Organics has a new product called Butter Flavored Shortening, made with only palm oil. I’ve got a tub of it and its good.
      Another good substitute is coconut oil. Yes, it has coconut flavor instead (if its not refined), but its very good with many of the same things you would use butter on.

      Missing from most discussions about healthy oils is long (LSFAs) vs medium chain fatty acids MCFAs). The above tropical oils are digested into medium chain fatty acids, which are metabolized differently than dietary long chain triglycerides so do not contribute to body fat or cholesterol. The MCFAs in palm and coconut oils have myriad other health benefits.

      The argument over saturated fats really strongly depends on whether you’re talking about long chain or medium chain FAs. Saturated MCFAs are far better for you than LCFAs, the latter predominately coming from vegetables and meats. Worst are polyunsaturated FAs, which are easily oxidized.
      For more see books by Bruce Fife ND or

      January 6th, 2013 4:15 pm Reply
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    Good point, Alison. We Real Foodies want to be mainstream and accessible. It’s so hard not to be a food snob about these manufactured pseudo foods that are not fit for human consumption though!

    March 23rd, 2011 10:32 am Reply
    • lisa

      Yes, it is very important to stay accessible, open and available for those looking to change. Have you ever looked at the faces of the farmers who supply Kerry Gold? Very ‘salt of the earth’ real people. However, being disgusted by the marketing of, and ingredients in, fake food is natural for those who know truth because standing firm about foods that deteriorate the health of our culture is our responsibility. To Whom much is given, much is required. Thank you for making the information known, Sarah.

      March 23rd, 2011 3:13 pm Reply
    • crystal

      So what would you say to someone that can only eat this “unfit” product? Some people can’t have dairy at all or they will die, so I’m sorry, I plan to buy this so I don’t kill my kid.

      May 15th, 2013 9:35 pm Reply
      • Tiffaney

        Why can’t you have dairy? Is it lactose? or casein??

        June 25th, 2013 1:05 pm Reply
      • Jennifer

        I would say “Have you tried using coconut oil?” You can substitute coconut oil for butter in any recipe.

        January 13th, 2014 10:31 am Reply
  • Christy

    Do you know of any alternative to Earth Balance for those who have to avoid milk/casein? Earth Balance is all I can find for my daughter.

    March 23rd, 2011 10:31 am Reply
    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

      You could try homemade jellies on bread instead (sweetened with honey), or unsweetened apple butter. For cooking, nothing beats coconut oil. We were dairy-free for a LONG time and this worked out great for us.

      March 23rd, 2011 10:39 am Reply
    • emily duff

      have you tried ghee?

      March 23rd, 2011 11:03 am Reply
      • Kristin

        Is it just cow? Have you tried goat butter? We are sensitive to cow in our house so we buy goat butter. I’ve also heard that raw milk does not have the same affect but I have not tried it myself.

        March 23rd, 2011 11:24 am Reply
        • Jamie

          I’m dairy intolerant and avoid as much trace dairy as possible. I have found that I can eat raw milk butter without any issues.

          March 23rd, 2011 11:41 am Reply
    • AJ

      I would try coconut oil (unrefined) that one is I think better than butter.

      January 28th, 2012 2:17 pm Reply
    • JamesF

      Earth Balance has no unnatural or dairy product in it and there is no reason why it wouldn’t be healthy for you or any of people here . Vegetarians and Vegans are not snobs or arrogant and do not think they are better than you flesh eaters are , that is a label you flesh eaters put on us because you have a guilt to cover up . Real butter natural ? not hardly , With all the hormones pumped into the dairy cattle to make them produce more milk , while keeping them perpetually pregnant . Sound natural to you ? Not to me for sure . Supporting the dairy industry does nothing good for our environment or health .
      It takes special people like most of the people on this page and especially the author of this page to dismiss the harm the dairy , meat and poultry industries do to our health and planet not to mention the suffering sentient beings endure so that you may have that slice of butter or that red piece of bloody flesh laying on your plate .
      Want real truth and real facts , watch Forks over Knives , it is free on Net Flix .

      July 24th, 2012 5:41 pm Reply
      • Misty B

        I agree, James. It sucks to read such pointedly arrogant views. I suffer from gallbladder disease and I can’t tolerate dairy (and loads of other foods) so I have to make substitutes. I didn’t ask for this condition, but I’m making my best through it. It would be great to have some support in the blog community rather than reading that full fat is best on the body. It’s not…

        October 10th, 2012 10:55 am Reply
      • lisaspups

        I agree, James. I was a bit confused about including Earth Balance in the list as well, although no factual discussion was presented with regard to why. I also find it sad that a discussion about health does not include the health issues brought about by the destruction of the environment to produce these foods, including ingredients like palm oil, which is being found more and more in the foods we eat, even though healthier and less environmentally damaging substitutes are available.

        December 10th, 2012 12:59 pm Reply
        • Becca

          James, obviously you weren’t paying attention to the article. Sarah mentions raw butter as well as grassfed butter. In many of her articles and posts, she makes it clear that the best butter is from organically fed, pasture raised cows–which is to say that she is recommending butter that does NOT come from “hormones pumped into the dairy cattle to make them produce more milk , while keeping them perpetually pregnant”. That is something that I believe most of the readers and subscribers here are completely against.

          Just FYI.

          January 14th, 2013 5:41 pm Reply
          • Sophie


            Pot calling the kettle black?? One could direct the same comment (“Obviously you weren’t paying attention to the article”) you make to you.

            The article begins by conflating Smart Balance (along with other margarines) and Earth Balance, when they are two different competitor products. Then it provides no factual support to connect Earth Balance with any of the alarming criticisms presented. There are no GMOs, no heated processed oils, no rancid oils, no hydrogenated oils, no transfats, cheap ingredients, etc. And it is hardly “frankenfood.” Earth Balance offers organic and extra virgin olive oil; all oils are cold expeller pressed; soy-free is offered for those who prefer it; and all ingredients are non-GMO, despite more than 90% of the market for some of those ingredients being GMO dominated. It is 100% vegan and vegetarian, containing no dairy derived ingredients for those who want to avoid them. All ingredients are natural.

            Nowhere in this article does it make an argument based on evidence of why Earth Balance is not a good healthful choice. I like the taste of it because it does indeed taste buttery. I do not like the taste (or quality) of Smart Balance, which tastes to me like watery waxy plastic.

            This article asserts that natural pure butter is the best, but does not make an argument for why, just as it makes no argument for why Earth Balance is bad from a health perspective. Rather, it sets up a strawman of the evils of frankenfoods and most margarines, and then in turn compares it to the most healthful minority of butters sold for an easy win. But I came here for actual information and factual comparison of why I should prefer to use a butter like Kerrygold every time vs Earth Balance.

            While I use high quality and flavorful extra virgin olive oils most of the time, following a mainly Mediterranean healthful diet, I use a variety of high quality nut and seed oils, avocado oil, virgin organic coconut oil, and yes, butter. I found nothing here to tell me why I should reject Earth Balance, and I happen to like the amounts of monounsaturated fat, saturated, no cholesterol, and Omega 3 profile.

            January 29th, 2013 2:11 am
          • Tiffaney

            Earth Balance claims GMO-free but they are NOT GMO free….

            It is made with Soy, Canola oil, Sugar Beets, Palm Fruit Oil, and Agave Syrup….


            *** SPREADS ***
            Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
            Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

            Olive Oil:
            Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
            Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

            Soy Free:
            Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
            Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

            Soy Garden:
            Toxic Ingredients = GMO Soybean, GMO crushed Soybeans, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
            Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

            Organic Whipped:
            Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
            Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

            *** SOY MILK ***
            Soy (Toxic):
            Soy in all of Earth Balance’s Soymilk does not follow the slow stringent fermentation process necessary to make soy non-toxic. Consequently the entire Soymilk product line is toxic by their primary ingredient.

            Carrageenan (Toxic):
            The entire Soymilk line also contains Carrageenan, which acts as an emulsifer and stabilizer. All Carrageenan is typically extracted using powerful alkaline solvents. Even at low doses, it has been found to destroy human cells and is linked to various human cancers and digestive disorders. Carrageenan has also been found to impair and depress cell-mediated immunity and cause the proliferation of tumour growth. The mechanism responsible for carrageenan-induced immune suppression is believed to be its selective degenerative effect on white blood cells.

            *** DRESSINGS ***
            All Dressings contain GMO Canola

            *** BAKING STICKS ***
            Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola

            Vegan Butter Sticks:
            Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)

            *** NUT BUTTERS ***
            All Nut Butters contain:
            Toxic Ingredients = Agave Syrup
            Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

            *** CULINARY SPREADS ***
            Organic Coconut:
            Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola Oil, Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
            Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

            Organic Sweet Cinnamon:
            Toxic Ingredients = Crushed Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin
            Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

            Organic Sweet Cinnamon:
            Toxic Ingredients = Crushed Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin
            Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

            After reviewing all of the above, is this a company that takes the health of our planet just as serious as they do health and wellness? They do not protect the environment or source ingredients from agricultural methods that work in harmony with nature. They do not uphold their Non-GMO commitment and they continue to use toxic emulsifiers and sweeteners.

            Earth Balance should be ashamed of their misrepresentation and I urge you to help educate others by sharing this information with as many health conscious consumers as possible. The only way we will stimulate a call for action and bring a greater sense of integrity to the health food industry is by exposing companies like Smart Balance and their subsidiary Earth Balance.

            March 25th, 2014 2:35 pm
      • Tara

        I do agree that was a bit thoughtless to include a list of products where only one was discussed, smart balance and earth balance are not the same. I use earth balance bc it IS NON GMO oh, and soy free. Food snobs did infact stamp that label on themselves thank you. Vegetarians kill plants. Plants have feelings too. Just cuz it doesn’t have a face, you think it doesn’t hurt when you rip its poor roots out of the ground? It’s just your lack of sensitivity that you can’t hear it’s screams. Just had to rub it in a bit l UK e yall do. 😉

        September 4th, 2013 4:40 pm Reply
        • Tiffaney

          Earth Balance claims GMO-free but they are NOT GMO free….

          It is made with Soy, Canola oil, Sugar Beets, Palm Fruit Oil, and Agave Syrup….

          *** SPREADS ***
          Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
          Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

          Olive Oil:
          Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, GMO Soybean, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
          Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

          Soy Free:
          Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
          Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

          Soy Garden:
          Toxic Ingredients = GMO Soybean, GMO crushed Soybeans, Natural Flavor (GMO corn derived), Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
          Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

          Organic Whipped:
          Toxic Ingredients = GMO Canola, Lactic Acid (from GMO Sugar Beets)
          Eco Destructive Ingredients = Palm Fruit Oil

          March 25th, 2014 2:39 pm Reply
    • Lisa Belisle, CAE, CCN

      Use ghee, a clarified butter. In the process of making ghee the saturated fat is removed and also casin, which is what most lactose people are sensitive too. All of my lactose intollerant clients use my homemade ghee and have no problems. Health and happiness

      February 21st, 2013 2:20 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    Great article Sarah! Do you have any suggestions of what to use if you have a dairy allergy? My 8yo has it (we are looking forward to doing GAPS this summer) and sometimes he just doesn’t want EVCO on his food, he wants something more like butter. Any suggestions? I have been using Smart Balance for him occasionally just because it was the only thing I could think of that would be a “butter substitute”. I have thought the same as you about it, and your article now “pushed me over the line” about it and I won’t purchase it again! lol! Thank you for that! I do use real butter and EVCO for the family.

    March 23rd, 2011 10:29 am Reply
  • Heather

    Well, when one is allergic to dairy, coconut or anything else good to put on things, one may occassionally use stupid balance. Sorry but not all of us can be perfect all of the time.

    March 23rd, 2011 10:22 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Heather, how about palm shortening or lard? These would be much better alternatives than factory fats.

      March 23rd, 2011 10:30 am Reply
    • Barb

      There’s ALWAYS an alternative. Roasted marrow, bacon grease (no nitrates/trites) or good quality evoo are all good one toast or other things you’d normally put butter on.

      March 23rd, 2011 12:50 pm Reply
      • WordVixen

        Megan- I don’t have an answer for you exactly, but there was a big discussion about this at PaleoHacks. The general consensus was that if that really is the only ingredient and it isn’t processed in a nasty way (hydrogenated, interesterified) that it is just palm oil and therefore perfectly fine. I still want to call the company and find out for certain that it really is just straight palm oil before I buy it though. That’s been on my to-do list since I read that discussion.

        March 23rd, 2011 5:19 pm Reply
    • Joanna

      Heather, what about pates or hummus or baba ghanoush or homemade mayo? Olive tepanade? It’s not about being perfect, just about making the best choices that we can. Blessings! :)

      March 26th, 2011 12:40 pm Reply
    • Sarah

      I actually make my own spread using equal parts butter and olive oil. (extra virgin for more health benefits) I take 1 c ( or 2 sticks) butter and 1 c olive oil and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Put it in a container in the fridge and use it as you would any other spread. It spreads fairly well (a little firm) right out of the fridge. You do need to put it right back, though. Leaving it out too long will make it very soft on the counter! Won’t hurt it, but it’s easier to spread when kept cooler! My mother-in-law makes it, too and calls it Schmear, though she’s not generally familiar with Yiddish. :-)

      May 16th, 2011 12:17 pm Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    Pure butter, from pastured cows eating rich green grass, cannot be equaled. Nobody would even touch the artificial butter substitutes were it not for marketing and misinformation.

    It is no coincidence that these artificial abominations are made out of the cheapest ingredients the manufacturer can find. It is all about health and money. Their money, and our health.

    March 23rd, 2011 10:17 am Reply
  • Kristin

    Thank you for this article!!!! For some reason, people think that we are being unhealthy for using real butter in our house, but I am a huge advocate for saturated fats. Would you mind doing a little piece on Earth Balance as well? I have quite a number of people in my life that think it’s a better alternative, healthier than Smart Balance because it’s GMO free, etc. and you mentioned it above but didn’t touch upon it in the rest of the article. Synthetic anything is never good. Mmm butter!

    March 23rd, 2011 10:15 am Reply
  • Kelli

    I know what you mean! I have to deal with people sometimes that know absolutely nothing about real nutrition. And now I’m craving some mozzarella cheese after reading about butter.

    A question, do you think the organic butter at the grocery store is just as good as pastured butter or at least a little better?

    March 23rd, 2011 10:03 am Reply
    • Jen R.

      Nope, it’s not as good as pastured raw butter, but it’s a 50 times better than most of the other choices for fats at the grocery store.

      March 23rd, 2011 12:05 pm Reply
      • Susan

        However, if you can, avoid organic valley brand. They forced their farmers to make a choice : if they sell raw milk on the side, they can’t sell to organic valley anymore.

        Kerrygold seems to be a better substitute – their cows are grass fed.

        March 23rd, 2011 2:33 pm Reply
        • Joanna

          I love Kerrygold. Excellent quality.

          March 26th, 2011 12:33 pm Reply
        • Jen

          This happened to our farmer. Thankfully, he decided to keep selling real (raw) milk, and lost his contract with Organic Valley. He had to raise the price by 50 cents a gallon, but I’ll gladly pay it!

          April 4th, 2011 4:21 am Reply
        • Diann

          At my health food store, my choices are Organic Valley or Kate’s, from Maine. I’ve just bought Kate’s, which is labelled homemade butter, batch churned the old fashioned way, made from cow’s milk not treated with artificial growth hormones or additives (other than a little sea salt).

          April 29th, 2011 4:22 pm Reply
        • Natschultz

          WHY?!?! What do they care what the farmers do with their extra milk? So DUMB!

          July 18th, 2011 12:02 am Reply
          • Heidi Godfrey

            You’re thinking like a foodie. Put your business supply chain hat on. You have a business which relies on X amount of raw material (in this case, milk) in a steady amount from Supplier Y, a farmer. Farmer Y sells raw milk on the side, a negligible amount. Feds come in and shut him down for selling raw milk. Your not-so-negligible supply dries up (pun intended); it throws a big monkey wrench in your production if you don’t have a steady supply.

            January 19th, 2013 5:22 pm
    • AJ

      Kelli, in Sarah’s blog she talked about GMO or Frankenfood, regular butter or milk the cows are fed a GMO feed of grains and other things that are not naturally found in a cows diet. but organic butter and milk the cows are fed a organic NON GMO feed closer to their natural dietary needs. If you want to learn more about GMO this here is some good info…

      January 28th, 2012 2:10 pm Reply
  • Joy

    Good article Sarah. It’s posts like this that make you my favorite blog. I love your passion and your knowledge. Thank you.
    I realized yesterday at the grocery store that I have not been at the inside isles for months and months. I can just smile. Am I now a food snob?

    March 23rd, 2011 9:52 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Being a food snob is something to be very proud of! :)
      Welcome to the other side!

      March 23rd, 2011 10:01 am Reply
      • Leanne

        Great post! My family still eats what I call “plastic, fake butter.” Looks like plastic to me! I take my own butter.

        Speaking of food snob… I’ve made big strides in the past year when it comes to consuming pasture-fed meats and dairy and cutting out processed grains. I didn’t feel so snobbish about food prior to these bigger changes (i.e., I’d still eat other people’s/restaurant’s food without too much discomfort). Now my body revolts it! Never fails that I have some digestive trouble after eating just about anywhere but home.

        March 24th, 2011 10:50 pm Reply
        • Katherine Brock

          Amen, Sarah. I also cannot handle restaurant food any more. Food prepared in a healthy manner will not require all sorts of digestive aids or copious amounts of water to process. (of course lots of water is good in any case) Most people have no idea of what most restaurants do to the food they are served. Even salads are rinsed in chemicals to keep them looking fresh. If you don’t believe me, just ask any kitchen worker!

          July 21st, 2013 2:12 am Reply
  • Teresa

    How could one tell a friend that is using this type of unfood (that the dr. told him to for his heart) that he is doing more harm than good? I use real butter–I first switched when I decided to stop eating processed foods. If people would just look at the ingredients and not listen to main stream..I want to tell my friend but he will do what the dr says. Any suggestions?

    March 23rd, 2011 9:52 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Teresa, if someone isn’t open minded, then having the conversation is usually a pretty frustrating experience. If your friend is open, then take the spread out of the fridge one day when you are at his house and start reading the ingredients following up with a “do you know what’s in this stuff??” There is NO WAY anything this highly processed could be healthy. Period. Only natural foods in their whole state are healthy to consume. If someone doesn’t grasp onto this basic truth, it is basically a hopeless task trying to have a logical conversation on the subject.

      March 23rd, 2011 10:00 am Reply
      • Melissa

        I agree that this is a very touchy subject. My good friend (who also went to medical school) recently posted a video of her one-year-old eating margarine out of the tub! All the while, she was giggling in the background and calling the margarine “butter”! How can you convince someone so “educated” that this crap should not be fed to children?? *sigh*

        March 24th, 2011 11:22 am Reply
        • Tiffaney

          I would probably say something like, “if my child ate the butter, I would cry. It is like $10 a pound… But at least then I would know she got the minerals and stuff to be able to heal her teeth…” lol. Maybe it would get her to say what? and ask you what you mean by the cost and healing her teeth…

          June 25th, 2013 1:02 pm Reply
      • Sarah

        “Hi Teresa, if someone isn’t open minded, then having the conversation is usually a pretty frustrating experience.”

        Someone open-minded enough to just believe what you believe. In your open-minded world you convince people of what you know to be correct. I don’t even disagree with you, but reading this article – sheesh! Take some of your own advice.

        April 28th, 2012 11:09 am Reply
      • Charles

        You need to be honest and give the nutritional facts about unsalted, let alone salted butter as well. Butter is almost all fat, very high in cholesterol and has no nutritional value. That is why eating it over a lifetime can lead to heart disease.

        December 31st, 2013 2:07 pm Reply
        • Scott Bruce

          Thanks for being the voice of reason. Sarah sounds like she owns stock in everything BUT Smart Balance. I have a friend who used to be a cocaine addict. He craves it to this day. If we follow Sarah’s reasoning, he craves it because it’s good for him.

          January 23rd, 2014 8:26 am Reply
      • Carole

        My son was blood tested food allergies and rated off the charts for: gluten, corn, soy, dairy, eggs, nuts (except almonds), fish and so many others. I don’t EVER believe the hype and marketing on the package of ANY products and always read the ingredients. Ironically, with so many allergens his Naturopath suggested we use Smart Balance or Earth’s best in place of the dairy, both of which also have corn and whey. As you can imagine we’ve changed just about everything my son eats. He’s always been my “finicky eater” and I’m super proud at how he’s handling all of the changes. He’s 7 years old and reads ingredients better than his dad, the grocer and chef of the house..and by the way a LOVER of Smart Balance who doesn’t embrace change as easily. Too bad though because I’m taking over shopping, cooking and he’ll eventually be a believer and convert. Do you have an suggestions for substituting spreads and butter? I use almond butter when possible, but for baking and other buttery flavors, what do you suggest?

        March 9th, 2014 2:12 pm Reply
    • Jesse

      You should probably not presume to think that reading a couple websites makes you know better than his doctor and not bother with the conversation.

      October 30th, 2012 11:46 pm Reply
      • Tiffaney

        Is his doctor a dietician? Or is he just a doctor that believes that fat is bad for you, no matter where it comes from….

        Butter is extremely good for you IF it is from clean raw milk from a grass fed cow. And I can ensure that NO butter at the store is made with that….

        June 25th, 2013 1:03 pm Reply
    • caroline

      Question. What brand of butter do you use then? Thanks.

      February 7th, 2014 1:19 pm Reply
      • Tiffaney

        You want to be using a fresh made butter, typically from A2 raw milk cream. You can either make it yourself, or you can get some grass fed cow butter, but that is normally pasteurized cream. Typically, go to a local farmer’s market and get some fresh butter, or check out a place like Sprouts/Whole Foods, and you can get a few grass fed cow milk butters from New Zealand.

        February 7th, 2014 1:45 pm Reply
    • Janice Kraczon

      Teresa, I don’t eat it because someone told me to. It actually WORKS for me. It lowered my cholesterol 30 points in 9 weeks. I use it because from personal experience , it WORKS..

      February 27th, 2014 8:01 am Reply
      • Wendi

        I have been using Smart Balance because I have SEVER Coronary Artery Disease. I grew up eating ONLY butter!! I am now a type 2 diabetic, and that destroyed my arteries! Butter is PURE fat!!! It has less ingredients and is more natural, but it also causes OBESITY!! FAT is FAT. I don’t care how many ingredients create it!!!! I tried Earth Balance, and I think it tastes more like butter! I was shocked, and had less ingredients.

        March 11th, 2014 8:15 pm Reply
        • Tiffaney

          What type of butter did you eat all the time? Was it from the store, a pasteurized homogenized butter? Or was it from the farm, from raw clean grass-fed milk from A2 cows? They are completely different, almost as different as butter and margarine. These types of butter are nothing alike, one is pure, live and full of nutrients (raw milk butter), the other is a dead processed butter (butter from the store).

          March 25th, 2014 2:02 pm Reply

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