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Butter Alternatives And Ways To Lower Fat While Keeping Taste

April 13, 2011

These days, people are paying more attention to eating healthier by reducing fat in what they eat. This is a good thing, but can be problematic when trying to reduce fat yet still have a tasty and delicious meal. Butter is one of the main culprits when it comes to foods that have high fat content yet are indispensable for many dishes and recipes. Fortunately, there are butter alternatives for a variety of situations, such as online cookies recipes, desserts, and other dishes. This article will offer a nice selection of alternatives for butter in everyday cooking.

First, it helps to learn about the nutritional content in butter itself. According to the FDA, a standard serving amount of 1 tablespoon of butter has 100 calories (64% come from fat), 11 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrates and 0 grams of protein. Considering that many people use more than 1 tablespoon of butter in several dishes – such as desserts and entrees – the amount of fat can add up quickly.

One of the more common butter alternatives today is vegetable oil spreads, which can be found in supermarkets everywhere. Vegetable oil spreads have mild flavors and can be used in baking as well as other types of cooking. How does this alternative stack up to the real thing? One tablespoon of vegetable oil spread has approximately 45 calories and just 5 grams of fat – over 50% of what is in an equal serving of butter.

For those who enjoy baking and need a low-fat alternative to butter, there is actually a surprising choice that not many people know about: fruit puree. Taking a fruit puree butter made from dried plums and apples drastically cuts down the amount of fat and adds more nutrients. Moreover, one only needs a half-cup of fruit puree to replace one full cup of butter. A one-tablespoon serving of puree has 35 calories and 0 grams of fat.

Oils also make good alternatives to butter in a variety of dishes, particularly in baked goods but also with vegetables, breads, and other foods that usually are cooked with or accompanied by butter. One of the most popular and tasty substitutes is olive oil which is famous for being one of the healthiest cooking ingredients around. Olive oil, especially extra virgin oil, has been linked to reducing risk for heart disease and colon cancer. One tablespoon of olive oil has 14 grams of fat but in contrast to butter, the fat contained in olive oil such as omega-9 fatty acids, is actually good for the body.

Cooking with any of these butter alternatives is sure to lower fat and make healthier dishes that are just as tasty.

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