Mmm a Butter Spread made with Water? It's New, Low-Calorie

Ameera Butt
August 21, 2019 - 8:58 am

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What if you could eat a buttery spread that was creamy and tasted like butter but was made out of water?

Food scientists at Cornell University have figured out how to use water and vegetable oil and milk fat and ta da!

It's one-fourth the calories of real butter and tastes like it.

The researchers essentially emulsified water drops of the oil and milk fat -- and there are no artificial stabilizers either.

A story in the Cornell Chronicle from Cornell University wrote that "a tablespoon of this low-calorie spread has 2.8 grams of fat and 25.2 calories. Butter, on the other hand, which is 84% fat and about 16% water, has about 11 grams of fat and nearly 100 calories."

ACS Publications published the paper in June  titled Ultrastable Water-in-Oil High Internal Phase Emulsions Featuring Interfacial and Biphasic Network Stabilization.

The paper was written by Alireza Abbaspourrad, the Yongkeun Joh Assistant Professor of Food Chemistry and Ingredient Technology, Michelle Lee, a doctoral candidate in Abbaspourrad’s research group and postdoctoral researcher Chen Tan and doctoral candidate Raheleh Ravanfar.