After my husband’s heart surgery, the nutritionist suggested Benicar. It’s more expensive than Smart Balance or Promise, but I like the taste better.
I am a big fan of Smart Balance, and that is saying something, because I cannot stand any other butter substitutes, like margarine, Shedd’s spread, Promise, etc.
I don’t like the taste of Smart Balance.
I prefer Fleishmann’s Premium Blend Made with Olive Oil.
Uh-oh. I have a jar in my pantry that I bought a couple of weeks ago but haven’t tried yet. I’ll post my opinion once I try it.
I don’t use much margarine anyway, so I’m not much of a connoisseur. I use Smart Balance or Promise– depending on what’s on sale or which I have coupons for, and like them both just fine. I think SB tastes a little better than Promise now that I think about it. But Smart Balance is hard coming right out of the fridge and difficult to spread as some others have mentioned.
Well, that’s 2 or 3 tablespoons UNPOPPED – that’s not a bad portion of popcorn. But I do like the new "snack size" or "single-serving size" popcorns that have come out for just that reason – I can nuke up a little bag and not feel bad about scarfing the whole thing, because it’s actually packaged as one serving.
My own pet peeve is how difficult it’s become to get a single bottle of a soft drink that’s smaller than a humungous (2.5 servings worth!) 20-ouncer. I know I can get 12-ounce cans and even those great little 8-ounce cans in the supermarket for home consumption, but if we stop at a convenience store on the road, it’s rare to find anything but giant bottles of soda.
I’ve catered at 3 different cardiologists and 1 dietician’s homes in the last six months. They all had Smart Balance in their refrigerators. I wasn’t required to use it for the dinners we catered, but all 4 clients use it daily.
It’s not to make them appear to have lower calories. Those serving sizes are mandated by the FDA so that the nutrition (or lack thereof) of each variety of the same food item can be compared accurately. The serving sizes are rarely realistic, but don’t blame the manufacturers.
I agree that nothing cooks or tastes like butter, but most people today are concerned about taking in saturated fat and cholesterol. So as a substitute for butter, Smart Balance is excellent. I don’t think anyone is claiming that it’s as good as butter.
This is a BIG pet peeve of mine- products that label a ridiculously small serving size to make them appear lower cal. I sure as heck don’t eat 2 tbsps worth of kernals. That bag is a goner in my presence! I laugh at the serving size for chips – typically 10 chips. Who eats just 10 chips?
I use Smart Balance spread, and I think that it tastes pretty good–in fact, I really like the taste.
On the other hand, I tried their peanut butter a few months ago, and I wound up throwing it out because it was so bad. I am a very thrifty person by nature, so for me to throw it out, you have to know that it was BAD. The peanut butter did not taste like peanut butter, and whatever it did taste like, it was not pleasant!
It’s a very good tasting product. I too went to their website and I looked up nutrtional information and I was floored to see that for two of the popcorn products a serving size was 2 tablespoons and the light version was 3. I know these are government mandated but 2 or 3 tablespoons!!!??? If you make a bag, that’s your serving size. You may save some for later but that’s still your serving size. Who the heck would eat 2 or 3 tablespoons of popcorn![:(!]
I started using Promise it spreads better than Smart Balance. Promise was given to my hubby in the hospital after his heart problems. The Peanut Butter is in the stores now, I haven’t tried it though.
It isnt too bad to cook with. Not as good as regular butter. It is terrible stuff though to try to spread on a piece of bread unless you let it warm up to room temperature.
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