My diet has now lasted for almost two years, and I have lost a total of 20 pounds. Although I only have 10 more pounds to go to reach my goal, I am having a hard time getting the weight off, and I am still having to diet to maintain the loss I have already reached.
For years my family has enjoyed the taste of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! margarine, so I thought it was worth a try to purchase their light version, the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light.
You can buy “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light” in 8 and 16 ounce tubs, which are bright yellow with green accents. The tub states that there are no hydrogenated oils in the product, and that it gives you the fresh taste of butter, the healthier way.
Compared to butter, the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light” spread contains 50% less fat, and contains none of the worst kind of fats, the trans fats. It is made with both soybean and canola oil. This is a 37% vegetable oil spread.
When comparing “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light” to butter, there is quite a difference. ICBINB Light has 50 calories compared to butter which has 100. Butter rings in with 11 grams of fat per tablespoon, while the ICBINB Light has only 5 grams of fat. Saturated fat in butter is an astounding 7 grams of fat, ICBINB Light has only 1.5 grams. Real butter also has 30 milligrams of cholesterol, while the ICBINB Light is cholesterol free. Butter has 45 milligrams of the Omega 3’s, and the ICBINB Light has 260 milligrams!
One tablespoon of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light” contains 50 calories. The regular version contains 70 calories. The fat grams in the light version are 5, compared to 8 in the regular. It contains zero milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 0 grams of carbohydrates, and 0 grams of protein. It does, however, provide 10% of your daily allowance of Vitamin A.
I always read the ingredients on food products, and interestingly enough I have both a tub of the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light” as well as the regular version of the product. The first ingredient in the original version is vegetable oil and the second ingredient is water. When I look at the list of ingredients for the light version, it is reversed. The first ingredient on the light spread is water and the second ingredient is vegetable oil.
In all honesty, I am disappointed with the taste of ICBINB Light. I have used this light margarine in baking, on my dinner rolls, on hot from the oven muffins, and on toast. And each and every time it makes my breads taste soggy! I do not have a problem using the ICBINB Light on other foods such as vegetables, baked potatoes, or in soups, but I really do not care for it on any kind of bread.
I guess that means this is a diet food that can be used in certain ways, on certain foods, while it should be avoided on others. I love the taste of bread, ALL breads, this is the biggest hurdle I face with my diet. And I have yet to find a good tasting diet margarine to put on them. But the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light” is not one of them.