6 Worst Butter Brands, Say Dietitians

Oils in tub-based butters and margarine like Country Crock® Original make them smoother and spreadable. It may taste good, but flavor and spreadability don't make it healthy.

Parkay margarine is mostly soybean, palm, and palm kernel oil. Despite the box's huge milk image, almost half is vegetable oil.

Smart Balance has a heart-healthy line with olive oil, flaxseed oil, and omega-3s that may be better for you.

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Chef Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, FAND concurs. "Check the label of tub margarine and butter products, like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and Smart Balance," adds. "Bonus points if it's made with a heart-healthy fat like olive oil."

Vegan alternatives appear healthier without dairy or other animal products, right? Some vegan butter manufacturers may do this, but not all. Consider Trader Joe's Vegan Buttery Spread.

"I love Trader Joe's products, but I do not recommend their Vegan Buttery Spread," Sheri Berger, RDN, CDCES states. 

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