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Spectrum Butter Flavored Veg Shortening Paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 27, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I purchased some Spectrum Butter Flavored Veg Shortening--it is really just Palm Oil and the natural flavoring is from Sunflower oil. Is this Primal OK ?

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on March 08, 2011
at 12:47 AM

Well, that, plus the fact that Adona is telling us to use it in cookies? Methinks Adona might be a spambot.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on March 08, 2011
at 12:20 AM

I personally haven't tried it, but I'm curious about it. I have gotten into goat's butter, though, and I find that my body reacts very well to it. I'll look into ghee, though, since I've heard nothing but good things about it (and it's much cheaper than goat's butter, from what my comparison shopping tells me). :)

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on March 07, 2011
at 11:16 PM

Have you tried pastured ghee? It's basically just grassfed animal fat...

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on March 07, 2011
at 09:13 PM

im callin bogus on this answer. (Adona's fist answer). The product being discussed here is garbage. Do what Travis says. Clarify butter. Is there anyone out there that is actually allegric to ghee? I really doubt it.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 28, 2011
at 10:38 PM

No biggie. Thanks for clarifying. :)

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

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on January 28, 2011
at 06:52 PM

I apologize I thought you were mocking me

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 28, 2011
at 04:29 PM

You asked if anybody used it and if it was paleo. I told you that I do, indeed, use it and why I use it and suggested that, since it was ethically sourced, that perhaps it wasn't quite so bad. Can you explain where my tone came off as angry?

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 28, 2011
at 04:28 PM

I'm not angry. o.O I even included a smiley emote at the end of my comment. I'm very confused by your comment.

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

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on January 28, 2011
at 12:50 PM

I think I will throw it out -- thank you

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

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on January 28, 2011
at 12:49 PM

WOW Kaz! Angry much? Maybe you shd eat some more carbs! FYI I bought it to bake for some NON paleo/primal person and there is a lot left over.

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on January 28, 2011
at 01:48 AM

Ewwwwwwwww, no thanks.

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

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on January 27, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Here is the description: Description: Made with organic palm oil, Spectrum Organic Shortening is a healthy, trans-fat free alternative to traditional shortening for flaky crusts and crispy fries. Ingredients: Mechanically pressed organic palm oil, natural butter flavor (sunflower oil, non dairy), annatto and turmeric for color.

154d799847153f5589f99496a9bdbb71

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on January 27, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Agreed. And if they were going through the trouble, they'd proudly display it on the package.

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on January 27, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Maybe you could try to use some butter instead of this? If you are avoiding butter because it is dairy please know that butter is nearly devoid of the main dairy triggers. Just a thought.

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on January 27, 2011
at 07:32 PM

I do like palm oil to cook with, i just have a deep, deep mistrust of the word 'flavored'!

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034c678bff434ab3781e3f1771018af9

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on January 27, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Palm oil production is seriously questionable from an social and environmental standpoints. I'm seriously doubtful that Spectrum is sourcing their palm oil from fair and sustainable places: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_oil#Impacts.

154d799847153f5589f99496a9bdbb71

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on January 27, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Agreed. And if they were going through the trouble, they'd proudly display it on the package.

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154d799847153f5589f99496a9bdbb71

on January 27, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I'd want to know how much is from sunflower oil and if you find the word "hydrogenated" anywhere on the package. If it's mostly palm, I don't see a huge issue. I thought palm was pretty healthy:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/

(is it paleo? hell no. but "primal" (80/20)... maybe)

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on January 27, 2011
at 07:32 PM

I do like palm oil to cook with, i just have a deep, deep mistrust of the word 'flavored'!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 07, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Spectrum butter flavored shortening is not hydrogenated, no trans fats, and is organic. It's great for many things, but wow, try it when baking cookies. Better than butter!!!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 07, 2011
at 09:13 PM

im callin bogus on this answer. (Adona's fist answer). The product being discussed here is garbage. Do what Travis says. Clarify butter. Is there anyone out there that is actually allegric to ghee? I really doubt it.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on March 08, 2011
at 12:47 AM

Well, that, plus the fact that Adona is telling us to use it in cookies? Methinks Adona might be a spambot.

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on January 27, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Why did you buy it? What are you going to use it for? There are likely better, more primal options, depending on your purposes.

I generally avoid anything that is "something-flavored". Why not just have the something itself?

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on January 27, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Nope. Is it hydrogenated too? I would not touch it in either case.

A large part of what I do is avoid what I consider "over-processed" food, and this certainly matched that rule for me.

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

(984)

on January 27, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Here is the description: Description: Made with organic palm oil, Spectrum Organic Shortening is a healthy, trans-fat free alternative to traditional shortening for flaky crusts and crispy fries. Ingredients: Mechanically pressed organic palm oil, natural butter flavor (sunflower oil, non dairy), annatto and turmeric for color.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on January 28, 2011
at 01:48 AM

Ewwwwwwwww, no thanks.

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on November 29, 2011
at 04:24 AM

My daughter is allergic to the top 8 allergens plus some others....this ia a wonderful option for our family

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on January 27, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Throw it away and buy some pastured butter and clarify it by simmering it in a saucepan and skimming off the proteins. You now have about as paleo as butter gets.

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

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on January 28, 2011
at 12:50 PM

I think I will throw it out -- thank you

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 27, 2011
at 09:55 PM

I use it because I can't use the real thing -- dairy in all forms breaks me out and makes me sick -- and I enjoy the taste. The website claims that it's ethically sourced, and my naive self wants to believe it and thus I keep using it. :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 28, 2011
at 04:28 PM

I'm not angry. o.O I even included a smiley emote at the end of my comment. I'm very confused by your comment.

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

(984)

on January 28, 2011
at 12:49 PM

WOW Kaz! Angry much? Maybe you shd eat some more carbs! FYI I bought it to bake for some NON paleo/primal person and there is a lot left over.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 28, 2011
at 04:29 PM

You asked if anybody used it and if it was paleo. I told you that I do, indeed, use it and why I use it and suggested that, since it was ethically sourced, that perhaps it wasn't quite so bad. Can you explain where my tone came off as angry?

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 28, 2011
at 10:38 PM

No biggie. Thanks for clarifying. :)

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

(984)

on January 28, 2011
at 06:52 PM

I apologize I thought you were mocking me

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on March 08, 2011
at 12:20 AM

I personally haven't tried it, but I'm curious about it. I have gotten into goat's butter, though, and I find that my body reacts very well to it. I'll look into ghee, though, since I've heard nothing but good things about it (and it's much cheaper than goat's butter, from what my comparison shopping tells me). :)

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on March 07, 2011
at 11:16 PM

Have you tried pastured ghee? It's basically just grassfed animal fat...

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