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    Is there such a thing as a GOOD light tub margarine?

    Ransomed by Fire
    Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:31 am
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    I'm attempting the food pyramid again via choosemyplate.gov. And they are making a BIG deal this time about oils and empty calories.

    So, I'd pretty much given up margarine for about two weeks, when I found out that tub margarine counts less against you. And "light" tub margarine counts even less.

    So, I bought my first light tub margarine today (by Blue Bonnet) and tried it on mashed potatoes. But it's kinda gross!

    Rather than tasting buttery, it tastes... well... like lemon juice, celery, vegetable oil and, according to my husband, plastic.

    So, I was wondering, what do you think is the least offensive light tub margarine?

    Also, what is the culprit for the weirdness of the Blue Bonnet tub margarine? Is it the palm oil?

    Thanks!
    duonyte
    Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:20 pm
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    I don't use margarine myself, but perhaps this will help, http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/food-products/light-butter-spread-reviews/light-buttery-spreads

    Remember that tub margarines cannot be used in baking.
    Ransomed by Fire
    Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:20 am
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    Thanks, duonyte!
    Jacqueline in KY
    Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:32 pm
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    I don't use margarine either but I do use the spreadable Land O' Lands Light butter with canola oil. I love it. I do not cook with the spreadable butter but do eat it if I am using it on something like toast, mashed potatoes, etc.
    Ransomed by Fire
    Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:11 pm
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    Thanks, Jacqueline! Believe it or not, choosemyplate.gov does not take very kindly to light tub butter though. Not sure why.

    I think I've found my answer. Brummel and Brown is actually quite good, albeit 150% more expensive than Blue Bonnet stick margarine. And it is said to be free of empty calories, which are becoming my #1 enemy while on the new food pyramid.
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