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Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting

Hydrogenating oils is a chemical process that changes the structure of plant oils in order to make them easier to spread and give them "better texture" Ok...seems weird to me but apparently some people think it's a good plan. Here's a breakdown:
Partially hydrogenated oils = transfats
So a product that is nonhydrogenated contains oils straight from the plants, and zero transfats. Items labeled "0 Transfats" can either be non-hydrogenated oils (yummy) or fully hydrogenated oil (ICK). The last time I looked at Crisco (a few months ago) it was a big ole tub of hydrogenated oil, which is technically not a transfat, but still really bad for your arteries and waistline, go non-hydro all the way :) I prefer Earth Balance or Smart Balance Light (regular Smart Balance has small amount of whey protein) Earth Balance works well for baking and Smart Balance Light seems to spread better and also has more flavor. Hope that helps :)

Nov 20, 2007
VeganMommy in Recipes