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Whether you are trying to lose weight, are lactose intolerance, gluten-free, a vegan or maybe none of the above… there is a butter on the market that is produced to satisfy your restrictions and of course taste just like butter. My question is, what’s the difference between each brand and is one really healthier then the other?

Smart balance: “Light Original with Flax” –  The Smart Balance Website states, “Delicious buttery taste with 50 % fewer calories than butter or regular margarine,” and… it doesn’t contain hydrated oils, palm kernel oils, it has 0 trans fat, it is a good source of omega-3 ALA, it is gluten-free, gelatin free and vegan.

Earth Balance: “Natural Buttery Spread” – The Earth Balance Website states, “It is made with natural crushed soybeans and canola-oil free… it is completely vegan and 100% lactose free.

Both brands market themselves in similar ways. If you compare the ingredients you will find that both products have the same substitution to make these butters vegan friendly. The one big difference is the calories.

If you compare the Smart Balance with the earth balance calories the significant difference is: it has 50 less “total calories” and “calories from fat.” Total fat: 5 grams vs 11 grams and 1.5 grams vs. 3.5 grams. In fact if you look at any “regular” butter like. Land of Lakes, the nutrition label is the exact same as Earth Balance.

To me this was all confusing. So I decided to do a little online research and a taste test of the two vs. “real butter.” I found out that Smart balance and Earth balance are concluded to be one of the top three substitutes for butter. However, if you do not have any dairy allergies or do not choose to live the vegan life you might as well eat the real thing. And to my taste its a whole lot better. I was surprised to find that butter has a lot of nutritional value despite the high content in fat and calories. So if you want to feel better about yourself when you choose the English muffin with butter and jelly for breakfast just read remember the positive benefits of butter.

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