10 Times a Buttery Spread Improves the Meal

Sure, you know a delicious buttery spread is great on toast, but what else can it do? Here are 10 cooking situations that get a welcome dose of flavor—and good fats!—from buttery spreads made with plant-based oils.

10 Times a Buttery Spread Improves the Meal

If you use a buttery spread made with plant-based oils on toast, you might already like its buttery flavor. But did you know it also offers an easy way to make mono- and polyunsaturated fats, like omega-3 ALA, part of your overall well-balanced diet? When good fats like these replace similar amounts of saturated fat in your diet, they may help reduce the risk of heart disease. For cooking ideas and recipes using buttery spreads made with plant-based oils, read on.

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Grill Chicken or Fish

When grilling season gets underway, chicken dinners become exciting again. To prevent sticking and add delicious buttery flavor, brush chicken breasts with a buttery spread made with plant-based oils, which is a source of omega-3 ALA, a good fat that is also an essential fat. Essential fats are a source of energy and help keep you satisfied, as well as support human growth and development. Multiple studies show that reducing intake of saturated fats in your diet and replacing them with a similar amount of good fats (mono- and polyunsaturated) may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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