We need to have a talk, and I think it's best to do these things fast, like ripping off a jewelry store. WHAT is the problem with Crisco? Every time I mention Crisco, there is recoiling of the kind I don't get when I mention butter. Some of my brother's friends ate three or four chocolate-chip cookies each, then asked for the recipe and discovered the Crisco. I swear they went pale. You could see their thoughts: "Would it be impolite to barf this up? Is etiquette a reason to risk my very life?"
Here are the nutrition labels from Crisco and from butter:
Crisco has 1 additional gram of fat per tablespoon, and so it also has an additional 10 calories per tablespoon. But only 3 grams of Crisco's fat are saturated, compared to 7 grams of butter's fat. Crisco has no cholesterol; butter has 30 mg per tablespoon (240 mg per stick). Crisco has no salt; butter has 90 mg per tablespoon (720 mg per stick). Crisco has monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats---those are the "good" ones, aren't they? Crisco is made from vegetable fats; butter is made from animal fats. Neither has any trans fat.
So who has a fight to pick with Crisco?---or at least, a fight they don't also have with butter? Is it that vegetable shortening gets confused with lard, since they look similar and are sold in similar-looking containers? Or is it something else?
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