Aughgh. My post from yesterday didn't show up.
I love butter. It's the only dairy product I can eat. It doesn't have trans fats or "and/or" oils like margarine does (and margarine isn't ONE molecule away from plastic, it is
considered "a polymer" so it's actually an edible (kinda) plastic.) It's just so bad for you, and the taste is vile. I'd rather cut back on other things, if necessary and buy real butter. In our area, there really isn't much of a price difference between butter and margarine, anyway.
We often will buy butter when it is on sale (like around the Holidays) and wrap it and freeze it, or buy it at Aldi, where it costs less than margarine from a regular grocery store.
I like the taste, texture and feel of real butter. My mother never bought butter. She only bought margarine. It wasn't due to "health reasons" she was cheap and she honestly didn't care about food quality. She still buys that margarine like stuff that is supposed to lower your cholesterol. I've told her it doesn't work, and is just crap, but she is swayed by advertising. ("They can't say it on TV if it isn't true." Face palm.)
I do occasionally mix butter with non trans fat shortening for some baking, as butter can make very greasy baked goods (but margarine makes baked goods even greasier) but, we use butter for many things. In actuality, it is healthier for you than any margarine.