Plant-based butter?

A short while ago, I was strolling through our local grocery store with my wife and discovered a new product. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Plant-based butter. 

I know that there are tons of studies that tell us that animal products are high in cholesterol and are not so good for our arteries. So I understand the shift to plant-based products. I mean, plants don’t typically hurt anybody – unless it’s the plant from Little Shop of Horrors. This seemed interesting to me, so I looked into it some more and found out that plant-based butter isn’t a new product. It’s margarine y’all! 

Again, I have no problem with rebranding. I have a problem with the positioning of margarine as a healthier alternative to regular butter. 

It’s not. 

In fact, it’s worse. 

Margarine has a dangerous ingredient that butter doesn’t. Trans-fat. Trans-fat is the demon of all fats. The Mayo Clinic dubbed trans-fat as double-trouble for your heart. It’s so bad, the FDA classifies margarine as food in plastic form. Even the World Health Organization says it should be banned.

When I read the package of plant-based butter, the ingredient list included no less than seventeen entries. Why?

Want to know the ingredient list for butter? Cream and salt.

So I’m sticking to just plain old butter, preferably from grass-fed cows. That’s how I’ll get my plant-based butter fix.

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