I love a good sale, especially when I have a coupon. My fridge is stocked with Smart Balance buttery sticks, Smart Balance Original and Smart Balance Light. How lucky am I.
So my hubby, who eats steak at least four times a week, sometimes with French fries, and consumes Italian hoagies on a regular basis, snacks on pepperoni, prosciutto and pickles and cannot go through a day without bread, declared the other day that Smart Balance is not good for you. He said he heard on the radio while driving that Smart Balance has too many toxic ingredients and that butter is a better and more healthful choice. “Did you ever read the ingredients on the box?” he asked. “No, can’t say I have.”
The only thing worse than a reformed drunk is someone who just got educated by a radio commentator. But I did feel compelled to get a box out of the fridge and read the ingredients: “Natural oil blend (soybean, palm fruit, canola, and olive oils), water, contains less than 2% of whey (from milk), salt, natural and artificial flavor, vegetable monoglycerides and sorbitan ester of fatty acids (emulsifiers), soy lecithin, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, dl-a-tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), lactic acid, beta carotene color, and potassium sorbate, and calcium disodium EDTA (to preserve freshness).” This long list gave me pause. The ingredients in butter are much shorter: cream and maybe salt. Could Smart Balance be, as some claim, just margarine in a new wrapper? I can’t wait to tell my cardiologist about this new find. He’s a Smart Balance fan, too.
Instead of throwing out my bargain buys, we agreed to use them up before we switch back to butter. But I did throw out the rest of my Smart Balance coupons.