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EARTH BALANCE and SMART BALANCE?

okay so I know Earth Balance is vegan, but I found this stuff called Smart Balance (bought it on accident 'cause I didn't remember the name of the other one)

it says "lactose free - non dairy, and gluten free" but it has natural and artificial flavors, lactic acid, and vitamin A palminate

does anyone know if it is vegan?

i also found popcorn made by Smart Balance, and it has natural and artificial flavors but it also says that it's derived from lactose free milk, so does that mean real milk?

I think someone on this site has said that Blue Bonnet Light is NOT vegan.  I can't remember why though. 

i use blue bonnet light as i was under the impression it WAS vegan.  anyone know for sure?

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blue bonnet light is vegan the regular blue bonnet is not, however.

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smart balance isn't vegan. it has whey in it. And microwave popcorns are not vegan because it says "natural butter flavor," which means it's extracted from butter. Read ingredients on things before buying them.

smart balance light is vegan it says right on the package

^ It says fish oil in the ingredients..

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No, smart balance light is vegan. For sure.
Unless something got changed. But i just bought some and its vegan.

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smart balance isn't vegan. it has whey in it. And microwave popcorns are not vegan because it says "natural butter flavor," which means it's extracted from butter. Read ingredients on things before buying them.

smart balance light is vegan it says right on the package

^ It says fish oil in the ingredients..

yeah. the photo posted above by amymylove says vegan, but it also lists fish oil in the ingredients.  (!!) not even vegetarian.  :(

i think some of the Light varieties are vegan though. I will have to check more carefully from now on.

eta: http://community.livejournal.com/veganpeople/3424870.html (this link, at the bottom, explains that there was a mixup with the Heart Right variety a while back)

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eww gross i'll have to take a look at mine at home

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how weird the ingredients in the natural oil blend do not contain fish on my package that's a retarded picture... i'm sorry i didn't even bother to double check it

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I think someone on this site has said that Blue Bonnet Light is NOT vegan.  I can't remember why though. 

i use blue bonnet light as i was under the impression it WAS vegan.  anyone know for sure?

blue bonnet light is vegan the regular blue bonnet is not, however.

My bad.  I think you are right.  I looked at a tub of BB light in the store.  As far as I could tell, it was vegan.  It DID however, have trans fats, so I'll just pay the higher price for Earth Balance. 

As far as the fish oil in Smart Balance, I thought that was only in the one with Omega3s.  I don't use regular smart balance b/c it has whey in it.

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as many have said... only smart balance LIGHT is vegan... i don't know why the pic i googled says it contains fish... wtf

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I just noticed that I left out part of what I wanted to say...yes, from what i know smart balance light is vegan, but it isn't great for baking. 

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I was going to buy Smart Balance LIght yesterday-it was on sale 2 for $5 (much cheaper than EB). It does say vegan, but has TBHQ (a nasty preservative) and some other really chemically sounding stuff (more so than EB). I compared it to the EB and just couldn't do it.

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smart balance isn't vegan. it has whey in it. And microwave popcorns are not vegan because it says "natural butter flavor," which means it's extracted from butter. Read ingredients on things before buying them.

smart balance light is vegan it says right on the package

plus this pic says vitamin D3 which is not vegan. i can't remember if it said D3 at the store or not? Smart Balance and Earth Balance are all made by the same company.

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Smart Balance Light is vegan (The one that says NON DAIRY VEGAN on the side), and so is some kinds of ACT II microwave popcorns. Its actually the same kind of popcorn alot of movie theaters use as well. because its creaper and totally artfical. I prefer smart Balance Light over Earth Balance any day, its way smoother and seems more like real butter to me than EB. 

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UGH! I went ahead and bought the Smart Balance Light as an effort to save money (bigger and cheaper than EB) and I think its pretty gross.

Has a weird sour flavor, and was horrible for frying up french toast. It does say to use as a spread and not for baking or frying, but it was all I had. It just sort of burned and disappeared and didn't really coat the pan.

I will stick with EB all the way! I think the Smart Balance Organic is exactly the same as EB but I can't find it any more.

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I'm so confused after reading all this. I was more confused after reading someone had said popcorn wasn't vegan :o heh that's because i'm used to popping kernels in a pan. i don't use a microwave and never will. Anyone use olive oil on their popcorn? it's pretty good with brewers yeast. Anyway back to why I have been confused for awhile on what alternative butter to buy. I don't use margarine and again never WILL it's man made chemical and your body doesn't recognize it as food well because it's not food. I am wanting to know what alternative butters out there do not have margarine in them, how about any of these mentioned? I'm still not sure which one is the right one to use after reading this.

Here is their website, will this help? It didn't help me much while looking for margarine in their ingredients.

http://www.earthbalancenatural.com/

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You won't find margarine in the ingredients; it's more the product than an ingredient.  I tend to think of any faux butter as margarine, but they don't call Earth Balance "margarine."  I'm not sure what the definition of margarine is, but I'm assuming that what you object to about it is the hydrogenated oils.  Earth/Smart Balance does not contain hydrogenated oils.
(In the spirit of full disclosure, it does contain palm oil, which has environmental/social justice issues associated with it.)

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i use smart balance light, myself.  i baked my dad's birthday cake with it... and it made a fudge cake taste like a chocolate covered cherry!  so it wasn't bad at all!!!!!

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smart balance light works well for me when i melt it first, then added to baking dishes.  don't recommend pan-frying with it, and don't recommend smothering on brolier-pan dishes (doesn't properly melt and therefore leaves a greasy, plasticky-like goo on top of your food)

so melt first, no frying it, no broiling it.

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smart balance light works well for me when i melt it first, then added to baking dishes.  don't recommend pan-frying with it, and don't recommend smothering on brolier-pan dishes (doesn't properly melt and therefore leaves a greasy, plasticky-like goo on top of your food)

so melt first, no frying it, no broiling it.

thanks!
baking dishes like cakes and muffins? or do you mean casserole/veg type things?
I still have a large tub sitting around.

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smart balance light works well for me when i melt it first, then added to baking dishes.  don't recommend pan-frying with it, and don't recommend smothering on brolier-pan dishes (doesn't properly melt and therefore leaves a greasy, plasticky-like goo on top of your food)

so melt first, no frying it, no broiling it.

thanks!
baking dishes like cakes and muffins? or do you mean casserole/veg type things?
I still have a large tub sitting around.

smart balance light does not work good when using it to make frosting!!! or cookies... i use EB sticks for that for baking casseroles and such it is fine

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