Start Spreading the News About Breadspreads

by Diane Lofshult on Oct 01, 2006

Confused about the merits of margarine versus butter? Uncertain if you should buy a cooking spray instead of shortening squeezes or spreads? Worried about trans fats in sticks of margarine?

To help you navigate the breadspread aisle, here is a list of some of the healthiest products on the market. Nutrition Action Healthletter gave each of these either a “Best Bite” rating (contains no more than 1 gram [g] of harmful fat [saturated and trans fat] per tablespoon) or an “Honorable Mention” (contains no more than 11/2 g of harmful fat per tablespoon).

Margarine Tubs & Squeezes (All Best Bites)

  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Fat Free
  • Promise Fat Free
  • Smart Beat Smart Squeeze
  • Fleischmann’s Light
  • Benecol Light
  • Take Control Light
  • Country Crock Plus Yogurt
  • Brummel and Brown Made With Yogurt

Butter Tub (Honorable Mention)

  • Land O’Lakes Light Butter With Canola Oil

Cooking Sprays (All Best Bites)

  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  • Parkay
  • PAM (1-second spray)
  • Crisco (1-second spray)

Source: January/February 2006 Nutrition Action Healthletter.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at