Butter vs margarine – which is more fattening? It’s a debate that’s all over the internet with some far-fetched, so-called “facts” on both sides of the argument.
They’re both fattening.
Butter packs about 100 calories per tablespoon (100% of which are from fat). And margarine about the same. Very calorie dense. Butter-like spreads, depending on the brand and variety, are sometimes a little better in the calorie department, but taking a look at the ingredients we see they are basically just oil, water, natural flavors, and salt. And oil is 100% refined fat – not a whole food, not a good source of nutrition, and not very healthy.
What’s more, the calories in butter, margarine, and butter-like spreads come with no fiber and very little nutrition. But while the calories don’t come with any health benefits, they will feed a healthy serving of fat to your fat cells, and they have a tendency to raise cholesterol levels, increase risk of cancer, increase risk of heart disease, contribute to weight gain, and more.
But bread without butter? A dry baked potato? And what will I put on my corn on the cob?!
Hooray for avocado butter!!!
Not only does avocado butter offer 19 vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds and some slimming fiber (!), but including avocados in the diet has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and help with weight loss.
And it tastes marvelous!
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, olive oil, or a combination of the two (I prefer a mix of both)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 medium Hass avocado (about 3/4 cup mashed avocado)
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- Place oil, salt, and seasoning in food processor and process until oil is soft and creamy.
- Add peeled and pitted avocado and lime juice.
- Process until smooth and oil is thoroughly combined with avocado.
If your avocado is cold, bring to room temperature before using, otherwise it won't mix with the oils well.
More Avocado Recipes
Would you like more avocado recipes? Here are some of my healthy favorites.