#FoodLabelFriday: Spreadable Butter

 

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For this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing two brands of buttery spread. Both Land O’Lakes Whipped Unsalted Butter and Country Crock Original have 50 calories and 6g fat in 1 tablespoon, but one of these buttery spreads has 8 ingredients and the other only has 2.

The only ingredients in Land O’Lakes Whipped Unsalted Butter are Pasteurized Sweet Cream and Natural Flavoring. It’s unclear what “natural flavoring” really means, but for a spreadable butter that’s a pretty clean ingredient list!  IMG_7217-0.gif

Unfortunately, Country Crock Original needed 8 ingredients to make a similar product. Country Crock’s ingredient list includes palm kernel and palm oil, salt, soy lecithin, vinegar, natural flavored, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene and vitamin D3.

Soy Lecithin is an emulsifier that comes from sludge left after crude soy oil goes through a “degumming” process.  It is a waste product containing solvents and pesticides. In addition to Country Crock, this additive is commonly found in processed foods, ice creams, chocolate, many processed creams and is sold as an over the counter health food supplement.

For the same amount of calories and grams of fat per serving, but a 1/4 of the ingredients, I’ll go with Land O’Lakes Whipped Unsalted Butter over Country Crock.

 

 

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  1. MattAugust 27, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Interesting! My grandparents always had country crock, but I’m sure that was back when fewer ingredients were used. It looks like I’d have to go with LoL too, but I think we both want to know what the mystery flavorings are.

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