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What is margarine? About the ingredient margarine. Including 2,666 recipes with margarine, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Modern margarines can be made from any of a wide variety of animal or vegetable fats, mixed with skimmed milk, salt, and emulsifiers. Like butter, margarine is about 80% fat, 20% water and solids, flavored, colored, and fortified with vitamin A, and sometimes D, to match butter's nutritional contribution to the human diet.

Margarines made from vegetable oils are especially important in today's market, as they are lower in saturated fat than butter and are generally promoted as the healthier option, although this view has been challenged.

Three main types of margarine are common:

  • Traditional margarines, which contain saturated fats, are mostly made from vegetable oils.
  • Blended margarines, high in mono- or polyunsaturated fats, which are made from safflower, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed, grapeseed, or olive oil.
  • Hard, generally uncolored margarine for cooking or baking. (Shortening)

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (227g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 1625Calories from Fat 1642
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 182.5g 281%
Saturated Fat 29.4g 147%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2449mg 102%
Total Carbohydrate 1.4g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 1.8g
Vitamin A 162% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 6% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Margarine is usually found in the dairy section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Margarine is a member of the Fats and Oils USDA nutritional food group.

How much does margarine weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 227
1 tbsp 14

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Recipes using margarine

There are 2649 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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