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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, then from least to most sat-plus-trans, total fat, and calories. Numbers in italics are our estimates.
Margarine or Spread (1 Tbs.)

 Calories Total
 Fat
 (grams)

Tubs and Squeeze Bottles

[check][check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Fat Free Spread 5 0
[check][check] Promise Fat Free Spread 5 0
[check][check] Smart Beat Fat Free Squeeze Margarine 5 0
[check][check] Smart Beat Trans Fat Free Super
 Light Margarine 20 2
[check][check] Smart Beat Unsalted Light Margarine 30 3
[check][check] Fleischmann's Light Margarine 40 5
[check][check] Fleischmann's Light Squeeze Margarine 50 6
[check][check] Spectrum Naturals Spread 80 10
[check][check] Take Control Light Spread 40 5
[check][check] Benecol Light Spread 50 5
[check][check] Spectrum Naturals Essential Omega
 Spread 80 10
[check][check] Easy Squeeze I Can't Believe
 It's Not Butter 80 8
[check][check] Olivio Premium Spread with
 Olive Oil 80 8
[check][check] Shedd's Spread Country Crock
 Easy Squeeze 80 8
[check][check] Canoleo Soft Margarine 100 11
[check][check] Take Control Spread 50 6
[check][check] Benecol Spread 80 9
[check][check] Canoleo Margarine 100 11
[check][check] Fleischmann's Premium Blend with
 Olive Oil 70 8
[check][check] Parkay Squeeze Spread 70 8
[check][check] Brummel & Brown Spread with Yogurt 50 5
[check][check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Light Spread 50 5
[check][check] Parkay Calcium Plus Spread 50 5
[check][check] Promise Buttery Light Spread 50 5
 [check] Fleischmann's Original Spread 80 9
 [check] Fleischmann's Unsalted Spread 80 9
[check][check] Promise Ultra 40 4
 [check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Sweet Cream & Calcium Spread 50 6
 [check] Move Over Butter Spread 60 6
 [check] Parkay Spread 80 8
 [check] Promise Spread 80 8
 [check] Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread 100 11
 [check] Smart Balance Buttery Spread 80 9
 [check] Blue Bonnet Home Style Spread 60 7
 [check] Shedd's Spread Churn Style
 Country Crock 60 7
 [check] Shedd's spread Country Crock
 Plus Calcium 50 5
 [check] Shedd's Spread Light Country Crock 50 5
 [check] Smart Balance Light Spread 50 5
 Land O Lakes Country Morning Blend 100 11
 Land O Lakes Margarine 100 11
 Imperial Soft Tub 60 7
 Land O Lakes Spread with Sweet Cream 80 8
 Land O Lakes Light Country
 Morning Blend 50 6
 Imperial Regular Spread 80 9
 Land O Lakes Light Salted
 Whipped Butter 40 4
 Land O Lakes Salted Whipped Butter 70 7

 Sticks

 [check] Promise Buttery Light 50 6
 [check] Promise Spread 90 10
 [check] Fleischmann's Light Margarine 50 5
 [check] Parkay Light Spread 50 5
 Land O Lakes Spread with Sweet Cream 90 10
 Fleischmann's Original or Unsalted
 Margarine 100 11
 Blue Bonnet Spread 90 10
 Hain Safflower Oil Margarine 100 11
 Land O Lakes Country Moming Blend 100 11
 Land O Lakes Margarine 100 11
 I Can't Believe It's Not Buyer
 Eight Spread 50 6
 Shedd's Spread Country Crock
 Spreadable Sticks 80 8
 Imperial Spread 80 9
 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Spread 90 10
 Parkay Spread 90 10
 Land O Lakes Light Country Morning
 Blend 50 6
 Imperial 1/3 Less Fat Spread 70 7
 Land O Lakes Salted Light Butter 50 6
 Land O Lakes Salted Butter 100 11

 Sprays and Pumps

[check][check] PAM or similar aerosol sprays
 (1 second spray) (1) 7 0.8
[check][check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray
 (6 sprays) 5 0.5
[check][check] Shedd's Country Crock Cooking &
 Topping Spray (6 sprays) 5 0.5

 Sat + Trans
 Fat
 (grams)

Tubs and Squeeze Bottles

[check][check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Fat Free Spread 0
[check][check] Promise Fat Free Spread 0
[check][check] Smart Beat Fat Free Squeeze Margarine 0
[check][check] Smart Beat Trans Fat Free Super
 Light Margarine 0
[check][check] Smart Beat Unsalted Light Margarine 0
[check][check] Fleischmann's Light Margarine 0
[check][check] Fleischmann's Light Squeeze Margarine 0
[check][check] Spectrum Naturals Spread 0.5
[check][check] Take Control Light Spread 0.5
[check][check] Benecol Light Spread 0.5
[check][check] Spectrum Naturals Essential Omega
 Spread 1
[check][check] Easy Squeeze I Can't Believe
 It's Not Butter 1
[check][check] Olivio Premium Spread with
 Olive Oil 1
[check][check] Shedd's Spread Country Crock
 Easy Squeeze 1
[check][check] Canoleo Soft Margarine 1.5
[check][check] Take Control Spread 1
[check][check] Benecol Spread 1.5
[check][check] Canoleo Margarine 1.9
[check][check] Fleischmann's Premium Blend with
 Olive Oil 1.5
[check][check] Parkay Squeeze Spread 1.5
[check][check] Brummel & Brown Spread with Yogurt 1
[check][check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Light Spread 1
[check][check] Parkay Calcium Plus Spread 1
[check][check] Promise Buttery Light Spread 1
 [check] Fleischmann's Original Spread 2
 [check] Fleischmann's Unsalted Spread 2
[check][check] Promise Ultra 1
 [check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Sweet Cream & Calcium Spread 1.5
 [check] Move Over Butter Spread 1.5
 [check] Parkay Spread 2
 [check] Promise Spread 2
 [check] Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread 3
 [check] Smart Balance Buttery Spread 2.5
 [check] Blue Bonnet Home Style Spread 2
 [check] Shedd's Spread Churn Style
 Country Crock 2
 [check] Shedd's Spread Country Crock
 Plus Calcium 1.5
 [check] Shedd's Spread Light Country Crock 1.5
 [check] Smart Balance Light Spread 1.5
 Land O Lakes Country Morning Blend 3.3
 Land O Lakes Margarine 3.7
 Imperial Soft Tub 2.5
 Land O Lakes Spread with Sweet Cream 3.2
 Land O Lakes Light Country
 Morning Blend 2.6
 Imperial Regular Spread 5.5
 Land O Lakes Light Salted
 Whipped Butter 2.7
 Land O Lakes Salted Whipped Butter 5.2

Sticks

 [check] Promise Buttery Light 1.5
 [check] Promise Spread 2.5
 [check] Fleischmann's Light Margarine 1.5
 [check] Parkay Light Spread 1.5
 Land O Lakes Spread with Sweet Cream 3.6
 Fleischmann's Original or Unsalted
 Margarine 4
 Blue Bonnet Spread 4
 Hain Safflower Oil Margarine 4.5
 Land O Lakes Country Morning Blend 4.5
 Land O Lakes Margarine 4.5
 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Light Spread 2.5
 Shedd's Spread Country Crock
 Spreadable Sticks 3.5
 Imperial Spread 4.5
 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spread 5
 Parkay Spread 5
 Land O Lakes Light Country Morning Blend 3.1
 Imperial 1/3 Less Fat Spread 4
 Land O Lakes Salted Light Butter 4.2
 Land O Lakes Salted Butter 8.3

Sprays and Pumps

[check][check] PAM or similar aerosol sprays
 (1 second spray) (1) 0.1
[check][check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray
 (6 sprays) 0.1
[check][check] Shedd's Country Crock Cooking &
 Topping Spray (6 sprays) 0.1

 Sat + Trans
 Fat
 %

Tubs and Squeeze Bottles

[check][check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Fat Free Spread 0
[check][check] Promise Fat Free Spread 0
[check][check] Smart Beat Fat Free Squeeze Margarine 0
[check][check] Smart Beat Trans Fat Free Super
 Light Margarine 0
[check][check] Smart Beat Unsalted Light Margarine 0
[check][check] Fleischmann's Light Margarine 0
[check][check] Fleischmann's Light Squeeze Margarine 0
[check][check] Spectrum Naturals Spread 5
[check][check] Take Control Light Spread 10
[check][check] Benecol Light Spread 10
[check][check] Spectrum Naturals Essential Omega
 Spread 10
[check][check] Easy Squeeze I Can't Believe
 It's Not Butter 13
[check][check] Olivio Premium Spread with
 Olive Oil 13
[check][check] Shedd's Spread Country Crock
 Easy Squeeze 13
[check][check] Canoleo Soft Margarine 14
[check][check] Take Control Spread 17
[check][check] Benecol Spread 17
[check][check] Canoleo Margarine 17
[check][check] Fleischmann's Premium Blend with
 Olive Oil 19
[check][check] Parkay Squeeze Spread 19
[check][check] Brummel & Brown Spread with Yogurt 20
[check][check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Light Spread 20
[check][check] Parkay Calcium Plus Spread 20
[check][check] Promise Buttery Light Spread 20
 [check] Fleischmann's Original Spread 22
 [check] Fleischmann's Unsalted Spread 22
[check][check] Promise Ultra 25
 [check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Sweet Cream & Calcium Spread 25
 [check] Move Over Butter Spread 25
 [check] Parkay Spread 25
 [check] Promise Spread 25
 [check] Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread 27
 [check] Smart Balance Buttery Spread 28
 [check] Blue Bonnet Home Style Spread 29
 [check] Shedd's Spread Churn Style
 Country Crock 29
 [check] Shedd's spread Country Crock
 Plus Calcium 30
 [check] Shedd's Spread Light Country Crock 30
 [check] Smart Balance Light Spread 30
 Land O Lakes Country Morning Blend 30
 Land O Lakes Margarine 34
 Imperial Soft Tub 36
 Land O Lakes Spread with Sweet Cream 40
 Land O Lakes Light Country
 Morning Blend 43
 Imperial Regular Spread 61
 Land O Lakes Light Salted
 Whipped Butter 68
 Land O Lakes Salted Whipped Butter 74

Sticks

 [check] Promise Buttery Light 25
 [check] Promise Spread 25
 [check] Fleischmann's Light Margarine 30
 [check] Parkay Light Spread 30
 Land O Lakes Spread with Sweet Cream 36
 Fleischmann's Original or Unsalted
 Margarine 36
 Blue Bonnet Spread 40
 Hain Safflower Oil Margarine 41
 Land O Lakes Country Moming Blend 41
 Land O Lakes Margarine 41
 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Light Spread 42
 Shedd's Spread Country Crock
 Spreadable Sticks 44
 Imperial Spread 50
 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
 Spread 50
 Parkay Spread 50
 Land O Lakes Light Country Morning
 Blend 52
 Imperial 1/3 Less Fat Spread 57
 Land O Lakes Salted Light Butter 70
 Land O Lakes Salted Butter 75

Sprays and Pumps

[check][check] PAM or similar aerosol sprays
 (1 second spray) (1) 7-14
[check][check] I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray
 (6 sprays) 14
[check][check] Shedd's Country Crock Cooking &
 Topping Spray (6 sprays) 14

[check][check] Best Bite. [check] Honorable Mention. (1) Average of
the entire line.

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Title Annotation:margarines
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Date:Dec 1, 2001
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