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Recently, I was asked what I thought about Brummel & Brown butter made with yogurt. I had never heard of it so I checked it out online. What I found was that it is based on some key things about how we're mislead about what's healthy, and despite the Brummel & Brown web site name, I don't believe it is making our lives better.
Brummel & Brown yogurt spread is a butter-like spread that says it's a "Spread made with nonfat Yogurt." That's a clue right there. Nonfat is not something that you want. (Note the key word there; "spread." There's no mention of butter -- they wouldn't dare. There's no butter to be found.) The web site lists the nutrition label with the ingredients. Here's the link to the web page. (You need to click the link for "Nutrition Facts/Ingredients below the picture of the spread.)
Let's take a look at the ingredients, in the order on the label:
Water: OK, not bad shouldn't hurt anything
Vegetable Oil Blend: So, other than water, it's main ingredient is highly inflammatory seed oils, Soybean, Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Canola Oil)
Salt: Not a problem. I like salted butter more for most things anyway
Gelatin: Generally OK, but real butter doesn't need it, but I guess they do to hold together the water and vegetable oil.
Nonfat Yogurt: There's the star ingredient. Yogurt's generally good but of course the fear of fat means it's nonfat. This is not a good choice. Real butter is a much better choice.
Soy Lecithin: While soy is generally to be avoided, soy lecithin doesn't contain enough of the anti nutrients to affect most people, but again, real butter doesn't need it.
Then there's a number of other additives and artificial ingredients that real butter doesn't need.
I would say this for Brummel & Brown Spread with Yogurt, as well as other vegetable oil-based spreads. They are definitely to be avoided. Use real butter, preferably from grass fed dairy. Kerry Gold is a good reliable brand you can now find at many stores. If you haven't tasted real Irish butter like Kerry Gold, you haven't tasted real butter. I feel it's a much better option that this artificial stuff that's not really good for your health.