Not to get all Paula Deen on ya’ll, but I like butter. And I really, really like olive oil. So when I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter contacted us about its new Extra Virgin Olive Oil spray and Whipped and Creamy Taste spread, I pretty much couldn’t say no. Sure, margarine of the past freaks me out almost as much as the thought of being left alone without any sunscreen or a large brimmed hat in the Sahara, but these new kinds have a much-improved nutritional profile. Let’s look at the pros and cons (’cause we FBGs are objective like that)…
Pros of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
- Holy cow it’s low-calorie. There are just 50 calories for a tablespoon of the Whipped spread and “zero” calories for a spray of the spray (the calorie count is actually more than zero, but as long as you don’t go drowning your food in it, you’ll be better calorie-wise than real butter).
- It’s easy. A butter that sprays? An easily spreadable spread? Perfection.
- Um, it tastes good. A little of the spray goes a long way, and although you can just barely taste the extra virgin olive oil, it’s nice. And the spread is airy, creamy and, well, just delightful.
- It’s not butter. We’re not big on calorie-counting up in here, so when it comes to eating something that’s a lighter version of an original, we often choose to have less of the real stuff instead of replacing it with a version that is more processed. We think Paula Deen would agree with us on this one.
- There are things we can’t pronounce on the ingredient list. While the ingredient list on these two products is way better than it has been in the past, it’s still considerably longer than the list on a stick of butter. Just sayin’.
- It’s a little salty. You can always buy unsalted butter, but these products taste a little too salty for my taste. A tablespoon of the whip has 65 milligrams of sodium and the spray has zero milligrams (although, we know that’s probably a little nutrition-labeling trickery as evidenced above). The spray tastes especially salty, to me at least.