Next time, just pick up the stick of butter and chow down on it.This event happens every year.... At Thanksgiving time I got to eat at someone else's house. They set out a yellow stick of mystery. I ask if it's butter or margarine. I get the same answer, "We normally use margarine but since it's Thanksgiving I want to use real butter since it tastes better. Since we only use it for holidays I hope it won't be too bad in the long run."
I'm happy with that but then someone else replies, "Imagine that whole stick clogging up your arteries just for the holidays. How is that a nice holiday treat? Heart attacks for the holidays!" Then they go into a whole lecture about cholesterol and sat fats and everyone in the house is overweight and on statins. And they chastise their mother for bringing in real butter for the holidays. All the cakes and pies and junk food are fine. But she should know better than to buy butter instead of margarine!
And someone else I know will ask the same question at restaurants: Butter or margarine? Then proceeds to load up her food with it if it's margarine and not use it at all if it's butter. (Or very sparingly...)
I don't mention my opinion on the matter. Any time in the past I've ever mentioned it, I get angry responses. So I don't go into it. lol
I do mention that margarine and butter have about the same calories, so using margarine shouldn't mean you can just pile it up high on everything like it suddenly doesn't count. The response is, "Yeah, but margarine's calories are from vegetables so they count as less."