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Do you spread butter or margarine on your toast?

As Unilever, which owns some of the UK’s most famous household brands, has announced plans to sell its margarine business, including Flora and Stork, we discuss butter vs margarine.

Butter and margarine serve the same purpose.

They are used for cooking, baking and as spreads. Butter has been a dietary staple for centuries. It is made by churning the fatty portion of cow’s milk until it turns into the final product… butter.

Margarine is totally different. It is a highly processed food that was invented to replace butter. The primary ingredient is vegetable oil along with emulsifiers, colorants and various artificial ingredients. Vegetable oil is liquid at room temperature. This is why margarine is often hydrogenated, which gives it a harder consistency and extends shelf life. Hydrogenation also turns some of the vegetable oils into trans fats.

Years ago, butter was a no-no. Vegetable-oil-based margarines surged in popularity as doctors began to understand the dangers of saturated fat. However more recently the ‘experts’ changed their views and negative claims about butter have been reversed.

The butter-versus-margarine debate is a slippery subject. Some margarines have unhealthy trans fats, while others have confusing health claims. Meanwhile, some say butter is an “all-natural” choice.

So what are your views? Do you prefer to use butter or margarine? Do you trust cows more than chemists? Have you switched over the years? Do you simply just prefer the taste of butter? What is your spread of choice?

Do you spread butter or margarine on your toast?

388 people have already voted, what's your opinion? BUTTER MARGARINE

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mercury
2 days ago
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Why the hell would anyone use margarine, it's vile and butter's not expensive any more.
PatrickH
2 days ago
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Butter always.

Even dogs will not eat Marg!!!

That says something. x
TedF
5 days ago
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Butter is natural. Natural is always best.
HazelR4
5 days ago
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Prefer taser of butter
Swalla
18th Apr 2017
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Butter without a doubt - hate margarine. Its never been a decent alternative in my opinion.
SandieH.
17th Apr 2017
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Most definitely butter, I really hate the taste of margarine.
Treehugger1
15th Apr 2017
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Definitely butter nom nom 🙂 Have you seen footage of margarine being made? It's a similar process to making plastic - so unhealthy and unnatural, so for health reasons as well as taste, yes butter every time.
MandyE6
14th Apr 2017
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Has to be butter ,even the thought of msrgarine yuk !!
Staffiemumx3
12th Apr 2017
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Has to be butter on toast. Margarine YUK !!
pieinthesky
11th Apr 2017
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I did not vote as I might use butter (if I take it out of the fridge in time) or I might use a sunflower or one of the vegetarian spreads. I do not use hydrogenated fats.
If my soup is shop bought, I add a little butter to it.
Soozie63
11th Apr 2017
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Butter is healthier, in moderation!
Eils
10th Apr 2017
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I believe it is a more natural product
SheilaJ6
10th Apr 2017
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Love butter have used it for year nothing else comes close
Jazzlad
10th Apr 2017
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My daughter was at university with a girl whose father was the MD of a margarine factory. She would never have anything but butter! She said if you knew how it was made, you would never eat it either,
thefilthycripple
10th Apr 2017
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I prefer butter but use Flora on medical advice
ChristineM35
10th Apr 2017
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Butter always for everything especially toast as if you use margarine you end up eating water on your toast.
David Rees
10th Apr 2017
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always butter, vegetable oil is the work of the Devil ...
Additionally always proper bread, none of this 'Chorleywood' processed nonsense ...
ecarg
10th Apr 2017
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Nobody has raised the costs implications of eating butter rather than margarine.
PhilipM
10th Apr 2017
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What cost implications are you talking about, the difference between Butter and the Chemical muck is marginal over the week or two that a block lasts - unless of course you are putting it on with a trowel
KarenTS
10th Apr 2017
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In recent years, Ive found the prices of butter and margarine to become very similar. It wasnt always like that though but my first choice has and will always be butter.
Lionel
9th Apr 2017
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I'm with Wilf on this one.

Brought up a Norfolk lad, later became dairyman and my then wife churned butter from milk I'd milked from cows That morning. There's nothing better.

But surely this question from Sally our Editor brings into sharper focus a feature of these times. Do we eat food from a factory or food directly from the earth? It's a choice we have in this 21st century, very sadly.

Surely, we eat food to nourish our bodies for the coming hours, whatever they may hold. Yes, whatever those hours my hold for ua, we need to be preapred to absorb the shock and cope, to emerge the victor and the better.

Now, I may be a lone voice in this - that's not unusual - but factory food, processed food doesn't have the nutrition our bodies need. Having been in agriculture for many years I sometimes wonder what to eat. But to eat a substance which is physically and chemically close to the coloured stuff we paint on walls and ceilings seems a folly.

Wilf, if we ever meet, which is now highly unlikely, I'll make you a sandwich. Home baked bread, best butter and the very best cheddar with a side plate of home grown salad onions and tomatoes. Oh, and washed down with a half of home brew from locally grown grains. Best offer you'll have today, methinks!
BrianS8
10th Apr 2017
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Sounds absolutely delicious. Remember my grandad serving us home made bread, butter and homemade jam - just can't beat it.
Wilf
9th Apr 2017
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Very interesting observations Lionel about using margarine to pain walls but you are right its just a chemical soup. Your sandwich sounds tasty and who knows maybe I will have one oneday with a half of Guinness though please!
Lionel
9th Apr 2017
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The Guinness is on me, but I insist on preparing the food and that in front of you so you know what you are eating. I was, afterall, a commis chef in the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, so it will be good. Much home grown stuff.

Keep on eating the butter, cheese, cream and milk. If it weren't for these things we just wouldn't be here!
Wilf
9th Apr 2017
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I didn't realise you were a chef Lionel and a top class one at that! You are on! Hope all ok-Wilf
Lionel
9th Apr 2017
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Wilf, I'm not a chef. The opportunity to spend some time in high end hotel kitchens came my way and I took it. I'm an opportinist! But I never rose above commis chef, the lowest of the low. It means I may now chop vegetables the same as highly paid TV chefs, but sadly my wife doesn't pay me for such a culinary display!

But she does like my food.
Marley444
9th Apr 2017
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I was raised on butter! I changed and started using Flora some years ago in the belief that poly-unstaturated were meant to be better than animal fat, but now I have moved back to 100% butter for everything. I have now stopped listening to all the contradictory so called health advice given by the Government ... I actually don't believe anything I read anymore, and use my own gut, instinct and common sense. I think researchers can prove anything they want to given enough funding!
Wilf
9th Apr 2017
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Totally agree Marley444-Its amazing we were all told to eat margarine for years and yet its so bad for you. Big like the cigarette companies showcasing cowboys smoking in the great American outdoors...why would you do that?
Lionel
9th Apr 2017
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Marley, you got it right in one1 Use your body to know what to eat.

Well said, and I wish you years more of healthy living on more natiral food.
Yodama
9th Apr 2017
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Butter for me, I cook with it, spread with it and can't think of anything nicer than thick butter melting on hot toast or on a baked potato.
Wilf
9th Apr 2017
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I agree Yodama just love butter on baked potatoes with cheddar grated on top. Unbeatable!
biker babe
9th Apr 2017
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Goats butter, bit more pricey but i prefer it now! Flora used to be the 'margarine for men' ( remember the tv ad) ! well it was in my house as 4 men , hubby, 3 sons liked it, still do, but cant stand the stuff so i thought , butter for me, because im worth it! (another ad)!
Lionel
9th Apr 2017
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Yes, Babe, too many people are influenced by advertsing. It is a powerful driving force in selling product. But if these companies must use so many lies to sell their food product, then surely we must ask, why? What is so good about your offering compared with what we've eaten for thousands of years?
biker babe
10th Apr 2017
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Wilf
9th Apr 2017
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Always been a butter man myself. I have 2 pieces of toast at 11 am with butter, marmalade or honey on with a steaming cup of milky coffee. Civilisation is what I call it. A look through The Times and see whats happening in this wonderful world and then that sets me up untill, lunchtime. Would never have marg-horrid chemicals and man made muck!!!
MrsPat
9th Apr 2017
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Always had margarine as its cheaper and fits the family budget. Also had it for diet reasons as its supposed to be less fattening.
Wilf
9th Apr 2017
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butter is better Mrs Pat! take my advice and switch over even if its a little more expensive

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