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  1. er
    Butter is back?

    Average USA consumption per capita of about 5 pounds and I looked up for cream 15 cups a year.

    Humm more work to do.
    I aim for a cup of cream and a sick (1/4 LBS)butter

    The rest is attached to meat or eggs with occasional doses from olives or avocados or nuts

    hflc means butter and cream to me!
    NOT omega 6 high seed and nut oils made under high temperatues and pressure
    Eric

  2. Marcy
    I was fortunate to grow up in the 50's and 60's with a mother that only used butter, no margarine in our house. Nature and animal made is always better than man made. It is really all so simple.
  3. Daci
    In our local grocery,a second section has been added just for butter. I'm loving this!
  4. Luis Rodas
    I have a hard time finding real butter at the super markets I shop at. I have found some sweet cream butter at Sam's club but it is sweet and I don't like that taste. I then found Country Crock but It has poly and mono saturated fats. I understand they're not good, am I right? Can anyone suggest some good butter in the U.S? Thank you.
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  5. murray
    "sweet" butter usually means the cream used to make the butter has not been "cultured" in which the bacteria have reduced the natural sugar content. (People also refer to sweet cream in contrast to sour cream.)

    Butter should have natural levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in it. These should not be predominant, though.

    Good butters should be high in the trans fats conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and trans vaccenic acid. These are produced by butyrivibrio fibrisolvens bacteria by fermentation of grass in the stomach. If cows are fed grain (corn or wheat, for example) the pH of the stomach falls and kills off the bacteria, lowering levels of the trans fats. (Even cows should avoid grains.) CLA is anti-obesigenic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-atherosclerotic. CLA is also made in the mammary glands of cows (and humans) so milk from healthy cows should have at least some CLA trans fat. A high trans fat number is indicative of grass feeding, which indicates higher levels of fat-soluble vitamin K2 (which activates removal of calcium from arteries and into bones) and retinol (the animal form of vitamin A directly usable by humans) and a better ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids.

    Kerrygold butter from grassfed cows (available at Whole Foods and many Costcos) is excellent butter, but ultimately you should go with the butter that tastes best to you.

  6. Rachel
    In the US, sweet cream butter doesn't indicate that the butter has been sweetened at all, just that it's made with pasteurized fresh cream. It comes in salted and unsalted varieties.

    Country Crock is not butter at all, but a margarine spread. You're much better off with sweet cream butter than the Country Crock! Best of luck to you, Luis.

  7. Zepp
    Heres is typical values for real butter.. typical Scandinavian butter.. 82% fat!

    http://www.fineli.fi/food.php?foodid=500&lang=en

  8. mike
    In the UK Kerrygold grass fed butter is freely available. I believe it's available in the US as Jimmy Moore makes frequent reference to it in his diet.
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  9. FrankG
    Kerrygold is from Ireland and it is available in the USA. If I may be permitted to link a commercial site... http://kerrygoldusa.com/

    I am not aware of any butter which comes in a plastic tub.. butter most often, is wrapped in foil and comes in a block. They may try to disguise that it is margarine by calling it all kinds of spreadable names... but so far as I am aware, they are not allowed to say it is butter unless it really is. To reiterate, Country Crock is NOT butter.

    I must admit to be more than a little dismayed to even be having this discussion -- no disrespect meant to you Luis but now I'm wondering if there is a generation so used to margarine that they don't even know what real butter is anymore? I hope not.

  10. bill
    A friend of mine who had just graduated from high school
    and was living on his own, had a cupboard full of "I Can't
    Believe it's Not Butter". He had no idea that it wasn't
    butter.

    The way the logo and wording is on the package makes
    it look like it's butter.

    Google images "I can't believe it's not butter" to see.

    Oh, the food companies know what they're doing, for sure.

  11. NeilF
    Perhaps a harbinger of time's a changin'... I live in Rockville, MD - a major medical research hub (the National Cancer Institute is here; so is the Human Genome Project, etc.) and just a few miles from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda. I was recently stunned to discover that our local Giant (a major grocery store chain) now carries KerryGold butter and also a small selection of grass-fed meats. This has to be in response to local demand as the Giant located in Potomac (10 miles in the opposite direction) does not carry any of these products (yet).
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  12. Aaron
    Luis -

    Cultured butter is a good alternative to sweet cream. I've never noticed it here in the US but have had it overseas. I did a quick lookup and these three brands sell cultured butter.

    Organic Valley - Wisconsin
    Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery - Vermont
    Organic Pastures - California

    Apparently these companies are pretty much nationwide. I'll have to look out myself.

  13. Mark Bousquet
    "That doesn't mean you should gobble down a stick of butter for breakfast every morning. Butter should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet, dairy experts say."

    "Dairy experts." 'Nuff said. :)

  14. Mark Bousquet
    I eat it every day! Either in my Bulletproof Coffee(TM) or with food.
  15. Mark Bousquet
    I'm nearby in Arlington. I went to my Giant recently to find stacks of the salted KerryGold in the gourmet cheese section. I don't think they knew where else to put it!

    KerryGold grass fed cheeses are pretty good, too. They make the tastiest Swiss cheese, IMO.

  16. Kim Henry
    Here in Western Washington, you can find Kerrygold at Trader Joe's. Costco used to sell it until recently. Guess they couldn't get a the pricing...
  17. Joseph
    "Us butter consumption reaches highest consumption in 40 years"
    Interesting so has the obesity rate! Maybe that's not such a good thing after all ):

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