Nutrition Action Healthletter

A margarine or spread earned a Best Bite if no more than 20 percent of its fat was saturated-plus-trans or if a serving had no more than one gram of saturated-plus-trans fat. Honorable Mentions were no more than 30 percent saturated-plus-trans and had no more than three grams of sat-plus-trans. Within each category, margarines and spreads are ranked from best to worst—from lowest to highest percent of saturated-plus-trans fat, then from least to most sat-plus-trans total fat, and calories. Numbers in italics are our estimates.

Margarine or Spread (1 Tbs.)
Tubs and Squeeze Bottles

Print Version (Acrobat 87k)
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Fat Free Spread5000
Promise Fat Free Spread5000
Smart Beat Fat Free Squeeze Margarine5000
Smart Beat Trans Fat Free Super Light Margarine20200
Smart Beat Unsalted Light Margarine30300
Fleischmann’s Light Margarine40500
Fleischmann’s Light Squeeze Margarine50600
Spectrum Naturals Spread80100.55
Take Control Light Spread4050.510
Benecol Light Spread5050.510
Spectrum Naturals Essential Omega Spread8010110
Easy Squeeze I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter808113
Olivio Premium Spread with Olive Oil808113
Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Easy Squeeze808113
Canoleo Soft Margarine100111.514
Take Control Spread506117
Benecol Spread8091.517
Canoleo Margarine100111.917
Fleischmann’s Premium Blend with Olive Oil7081.519
Parkay Squeeze Spread7081.519
Brummel & Brown Spread with Yogurt505120
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light Spread505120
Parkay Calcium Plus Spread505120
Promise Buttery Light Spread505120
Fleischmann’s Original Spread809222
Fleischmann’s Unsalted Spread809222
Promise Ultra404125
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Sweet Cream & Calcium Spread5061.525
Move Over Butter Spread6061.525
Parkay Spread808225
Promise Spread808225
Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread10011327
Smart Balance Buttery Spread8092.528
Blue Bonnet Home Style Spread607229
Shedd’s Spread Churn Style Country Crock607229
Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Plus Calcium5051.530
Shedd’s Spread Light Country Crock5051.530
Smart Balance Light Spread5051.530
 Land O Lakes Country Morning Blend100113.330
 Land O Lakes Margarine100113.734
 Imperial Soft Tub6072.536
 Land O Lakes Spread with Sweet Cream8083.240
 Land O Lakes Light Country Morning Blend5062.643
 Imperial Regular Spread8095.561
 Land O Lakes Light Salted Whipped Butter4042.768
 Land O Lakes Salted Whipped Butter7075.274

Promise Buttery Light5061.525
Promise Spread90102.525
Fleischmann’s Light Margarine5051.530
Parkay Light Spread5051.530
 Land O Lakes Spread with Sweet Cream90103.636
 Fleischmann’s Original or Unsalted Margarine10011436
 Blue Bonnet Spread9010440
 Hain Safflower Oil Margarine100114.541
 Land O Lakes Country Morning Blend100114.541
 Land O Lakes Margarine100114.541
 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light Spread5062.542
 Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spreadable Sticks8083.544
 Imperial Spread8094.550
 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spread9010550
 Parkay Spread9010550
 Land O Lakes Light Country Morning Blend5063.152
 Imperial 1/3 Less Fat Spread707457
 Land O Lakes Salted Light Butter5064.270
 Land O Lakes Salted Butter100118.375

Sprays and Pumps

PAM or similar aerosol sprays (1 second spray)170.80.17-14
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray (6 sprays)50.50.114
Shedd’s Country Crock Cooking & Topping Spray (6 sprays)50.50.114

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Nutrition Action Healthletter Center for Science in the Public Interest December 2001 U.S. Edition Better than Butter? The Spread Box The Spread Box 2 checks = Best Bite. 1 check = Honorable Mention. 1 = Average of the entire line. Calories Total Fat (grams) Sat+Trans Fat (grams) Sat+Trans Fat (percentage) Subscribe Today! Customer Service