Soft margarine is always healthier than stick, but check the Nutrition Facts label to find the best brand. Look for zero grams of trans fat and 1 to 1.5 grams or less of saturated fat per tablespoon. But the best margarine depends on the intended use. According to Good Housekeeping magazine, Promise Butter Spread and Fleischmann’s Original Soft Spread is best for spreading, sautéing and baking. Country Crock, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Squeeze or Parkay Original is for spreading and sautéing but not for baking and, for spreading only, use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light or Sweet Cream & Calcium or Parkay Light Spread. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends about 40 healthy brands of margarine.
The side effects of allergy medications keep some people from using them. Natural remedies can be a great alternative, but some are more effective than others.