Let’s say you’ve gotten the whole grain message loud and clear. You’ve combed the bread aisles or your local bakery – you’ve read your labels and you’ve found your healthy, 100% whole grain bread. But wait… what’s going on those healthy breads? How you spread ‘em matters, too.
My husband’s grandfather could not make a sandwich – even a peanut butter sandwich – without first spreading both slices of bread with margarine. Based on the dizzying array of products on the market, a lot of people must share his passion for oleo. You’ve got spreads, sticks and sprays, fat-free ones and ones that promise to ‘support healthy cholesterol’. Calorie-wise, the full-fat margarines are pretty much identical to butter, although they do have less saturated fat. Fat-free spreads are really low in calories – usually only about 5 per tablespoon compared to 80 or so for the regular stuff, but sometimes people use that as a reason to just slather on even more. For some, the sprays work well to give a hint of flavor for only about 1 calorie per “spritz”.