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Butter is a dairy product made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk, to separate the butterfat from the buttermilk. It is generally used as a spread and a condiment, as well as in cooking, such as baking, sauce making, and pan frying (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

In rare cases, butter can cause a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Dizziness, low blood pressure and breathlessness are some of the symptoms of anaphylaxis. An epinephrine should be injected immediately if these symptoms are observed in the patient (Ygoy, nd).

Common Uses:

Once butter is softened, spicesherbs, or other flavoring agents can be mixed into it, producing what is called a compound butter or composite butter (sometimes also called composed butter). Compound butters can be used as spreads, or cooled, sliced, and placed onto hot food to melt into a sauce. Sweetened compound butters can be served with desserts; such hard sauces are often flavored with spirits (Wikipedia, nd).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 tbsp (14.2 g)
Calories 102
Total Fat 12 g 18%
Saturated fat 7 g 35%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated fat 3 g
Trans fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 31 mg 10%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 3 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 0.1 g 0%

% Daily Value*

Vitamin A 7% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0.2 µg Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%

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