A Chef and his Butter(y spread?)

By Chef Anthony Ottomanelli,

I’m sure that over the years I’ve used hundreds upon HUNDREDS of pounds of butter…mostly in moderation and occasionally in great, astounding mounds. As a chef, I will continue to use it for my clients who demand butter’s unique qualities (which may be fewer than I thought; check out ItIsGoodToKnow for more info). Now, I should point out that even a chef … ESPECIALLY a chef, needs to learn to eat responsibly and while I do love my butter, and I do declare it GOOD!, there certainly can be too much of a good thing. I shun the use of any hydrogenated fats (like most vegetable shortenings) in cooking and baking, but believe it or not, I do use “I can’t believe it’s not Butter!” at home, and sometimes at work. It doesn’t contain any hydrogenated oils, and it makes great pie dough that’s easy to roll out!

My reasons for using a butter substitute are simple: Countless studies have confirmed that controlling your weight, eating responsibly, leading an active lifestyle, limiting fats…particularly animal fats, and avoiding trans fats is collectively the best way to prevent major diseases. I’m no Dr. Oz, but I’m pretty sure he’d agree that cutting back on fat is a good way to go…and why shouldn’t you?! Especially if you don’t have to give up anything?! Look at this: One tablespoon of butter is just over 100 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat and 30mg of cholesterol.

Is it bad for you? Well, what if we switched your butter with I can’t believe it’s not Butter for instance, you’d be saving yourself about thirty calories, 5 grams of saturated fat and the full 30mg of cholesterol for each tablespoon…and, it’s pretty tasty and reacts pretty much like butter in all of your favorite recipes. Using “ICBINB” instead of butter, can potentially save you tens of thousands of calories per year, but it’s not our only choice; Unilever also makes Country Crock, Brummel & Brown, Imperial, and Promise spreads which all taste great and contain 45 to 80 calories per serving with no trans fats and zero cholesterol. Check out this link for expert nutrition advice.


Ted Allen’s Coffee-Infused Chocolate Cupcakes

During the “It is Good to Know” media event, I had a chance to speak with Mr. Ted Allen, cookbook author and television personality, about his butter-less recipes and true to his form, he’s created simple, easy-to-follow recipes that you can make at home without any culinary training or years of experience, so FEAR NOT! You can do it! Check out all the recipes at ItIsGoodToKnow.com.

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