Brummel & Brown is a brand name for a spreadable butter-type product that's made with yogurt. The brand also offers a creamy fruit spread. While these spreads are fairly low in calories, they contain quite a bit of saturated fat and almost nothing in the way of vitamins and minerals. This doesn't mean that you should avoid these products, but it's smart to know their nutrition facts so you can work them into your meal plan.
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Calories and Fat
A 1-tablespoon serving of the Brummel & Brown spread made with yogurt contains 45 calories and 8 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of which are saturated. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fat to no more than 7 percent of your daily calories as it can cause weight gain and contribute to high cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease. A 1-tablespoon serving of the Brummel & Brown strawberry fruit spread contains 50 calories and 4 grams of fat, 1 gram of which is saturated. Brummel & Brown doesn't use trans fats in its products, which is a plus because trans fats can also negatively affect your cholesterol, putting you at a higher risk for heart disease.
While the Brummel & Brown spread with yogurt doesn't contain any added sugar, a 1-tablespoon serving of the fruit spread has 3 grams of sugar. That's almost 1 teaspoon of added sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that females limit their intakes of added sugar to 6 teaspoons a day, while males can have up to 9 teaspoons a day. Sugar adds calories to your food, but doesn't supply essential vitamins and minerals. Regularly consuming too much sugar can also cause weight gain, which increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The Brummel & Brown spread made with yogurt contains 90 milligrams of sodium per tablespoon. The American Heart Association recommends that you limit your daily sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams or less, so a single tablespoon factors in at 6 percent of your daily limit. Keep in mind, however, that a tablespoon isn't that much, and if you use more than that, you'll also consume more sodium. The Brummel & Brown fruit spread tastes sweet, but 1 tablespoon still contains 45 milligrams of sodium.
Including Brummel & Brown in Your Diet
Aside from the small amount of vitamin A in the Brummel & Brown spread with yogurt and fruit spread, you won't get any key vitamins and minerals from these products. Remember this when you're creating your daily or weekly menu so you can compensate by adding other nutrient-dense foods elsewhere in your plan. When you do have a serving of Brummel & Brown, take the time to measure out 1 tablespoon so you don't consume more fat, sodium and sugar than you need. The spreads pair well with whole-wheat bagels or bread and can also complement the flavor of whole-grain crackers, all of which are a good sources of fiber.