I know I just posted about vegan buttery spreads, but I managed to find the vegan Becel (not actually that hard to find) as well as some of the other varieties of Earth Balance that were on sale for $3.99 (marked down from $6.99)
So long story short, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to vegan margarine! How did these ones stack up against the ones from last week? Let’s take a look.
Earth Balance Organic Whipped: 2 tsp (10g) is 70 calories, same as the other varieties available from EB. It has 8g of fat and the same 0.3 of omega-3, but has 2.5g of omega-6 which is more than all the other ones. 90mg sodium makes it the same as the other varieties, and 40% vitamin E rounds out the nutrition facts and is higher than the others by quite a bit. The whipped texture makes it fluffier and easier to spread, but it’s still a little stiff. Taste is great, very much the same as the original buttery spread.
Earth Balance Soy Free: As suggested by the name, this one has no soy in it which is good for those who have soy allergies. Thank goodness I’m not one of them! 2tsp (10g) of this spread is the same 70 calories, and it also has the same 8g of fat. It’s omega-6 is lower at 1g, and the omega-3 is slightly higher at 0.4g. Sodium is lower too, at 85mg. Vitamin E is 15%. Sooo if we stack it up directly against the whipped spread, it seems like the whipped would be a slightly better choice omega-6 and vitamin E wise. The flavour is mostly the same as well, though it is ever so slightly less rich in flavour than the whipped. Of course, if you are allergic to soy then this is a great go to. If you are ok with soy, then you don’t need to buy it I guess. In a pinch though the two are really very, very similar, and probably indistinguishable if you didn’t just have a finger taste of each one while trying to find differences to note about in your blog.
Vegan Becel: This one takes me back! As a fairly avid consumer of Becel as a child, this is exactly how I remember it, though without the dairy – which makes me wonder why they even add the whey at all. 2 tsp (10g) of spread is the same 70 calories as the others. It also has the same 8g of fat, 1.5g of omega-6, 0.6 of omega-3, and less sodium with 70mg. It also has 10% of your daily vitamin A, 30% vitamin D and 15% vitamin E. The spreadability is soo great. It’s soft and smooth and doesn’t tear the bread, which makes it a good switch for J who hates that the Earth Balance is so stiff. I also took a look at the ingredients, which are a little bit more complicated than the Earth Balance brand:
Becel (vegan): Canola and sunflower oils 74%, water, modified palm and palm kernel oils 6%, salt, soy lecithin, vegetable monoglycerides, potassium sorbate, citric acidm alpha-tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), natural and artificial flavours, vitamin A palmitate vitamin A), vitamin D2, beta carotene.
Earth Balance (Organic Whipped): Oil blend (pal*, soybean*, canola*, and olive* oils) water, salt, flavour*, soy flour*, soy lecithin*, lactic acid (non-dairy), annatto* for colour. (*organic ingredients)
Looking at the ingredients I would be more inclined to stick with the Earth Balance because it is less complicated and sounds less artificial. The Becel is also not organic (the coconut Earth Balance, Melt, and Earth Balance Whipped all contain organic ingredients). So given all these choices I would probably select the Organic Whipped Earth Balance to reign as king/queen of the vegan spreads, though as I mentioned in the last post, all the different brands could easily have different applications (coconut for baking, Melt for vegetables, etc) And I do love the Becel for nostalgic reasons!
Winner: Earth Balance Organic Whipped!