Dieticians Reveal the Lowest Quality Butter Brands

Incorporating a small amount of butter into your diet can be a good thing. However, some brands contain unhealthy ingredients that can lead to weight gain, higher cholesterol, and overall poor health.

Read on to learn about the lowest-quality butter brands out there.

Country Crock Buttery Spread

Country Crock Buttery Spread is filled with oils that make it more spreadable. Unfortunately, that’s what makes it an unhealthier option. Soybean oil and palm kernel oil provide an abnormally high saturated fat level per serving.


Parkay uses milk in its recipe, but that doesn’t make it a healthy and natural butter alternative. Palm kernel and soybean oil are just two of the ingredients in a spread filled with saturated fat.

Smart Balance

Smart Balance has fewer calories than regular butter but it’s not as healthy for you overall. Vegetable oils, additional flavoring, colors, and lots of salt compromise product quality while giving off an unnatural taste.

Trader Joe’s Vegan Buttery Spread

While a vegan option, Trader Joe’s Vegan Buttery Spread is particularly fattening due to the presence of coconut oil. The level of saturated fats means it’s a less-than-optimal choice for vegans and others alike.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

Many use this brand because it contains fewer calories than regular butter. Made from a combination of vegetable oil and palm oil, it’s the additional ingredients that make it so high in saturated fat. For that reason, it’s considered lower-quality pseudo butter.

Imperial Vegetable Oil Spread Sticks

While being on the market for a long time, Imperial contains 3 grams of saturated fat in just one serving, making it an unhealthy option. You’re better off opting for a smaller amount of regular butter that’s more nutritious in the long-run.

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