Butter or Margarine?

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We go through what I like to think of as “Media Storms’ where, all of a sudden, a certain food becomes either a good guy or a bad guy. Case in point is all of the ‘Celebrity Diets’ that claim that this or that starlet lost 35 pounds in 2 weeks by eating cookies, or chocolate, or whatever. I’m sure you have seen some of this.

It’s entertaining until somebody takes it seriously. For example, back in the 1970s, there was a war on butter and coconut oil, the ‘high cholesterol saturated fats’. This became bad because Congress got involved and started legislating so-called ‘healthy’ fats for places like nursing homes, group homes, military, and the like.

I remember that margarine became popular in the late 1950s. My mother never did buy it because she said that her mother had butter on her whole wheat toast, along with an egg, for breakfast every morning. She ended up living to 90 years old. To this day, I have never served my family margarine, and will specifically ask for real butter when I go to a restaurant.

I came across a short diatribe that someone wrote, comparing butter to margarine and would like to reprint it below. I don’t know who wrote it – it was one of those things that goes viral as it is passed around from email to email. But I thought it was interesting, and about time that people learn the truth about their food.

Here goes:

Do you know the difference between butter and margarine?
Both have the same number of calories.
• Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams, compared to 5 grams.
• Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
• Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has few, and only because they are added.
• Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors in other foods.
• Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.
• Margarine is very high in trans fatty acids.
• Eating margarine can triple your risk of coronary heart disease.
• Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a Harvard Medical study.
• Eating margarine increases the total cholesterol and LDL (the bad form of cholesterol).
• Eating margarine lowers HDL (the good form of cholesterol).
• Eating margarine increases the risk of cancers by up to five fold.
• Eating margarine lowers the quality of breast milk.
• Eating margarine decreases immune response.
• Eating margarine decreases insulin response. (It plays a big part in the development of insulin resistance. -Ed)
• And isn’t it interesting that margarine is but ONE MOLECULE AWAY from being plastic. This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life, and anything else that is hydrogenated (has hydrogen added under pressure, which changes the molecular structure).

You can try this yourself: purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or a shaded area. Within days, you will notice a couple of things: no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies, will go near it. That should tell you something. It does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value. Nothing will grow on it – even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic.

Would you melt your Tupperware and spread it on your toast?

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