Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Margarine & Butter

Margarine vs Butter

Margarine was orginally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a paycheck so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings. Do you know the difference between margarine and butter? Read on to the end, it gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories. Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams. Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% same as butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has few., only because they are added. Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

*And now for margarine.
Very high in Trans fatty acid, triple risk of coronary heart disease. Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Increases risk of cancers up to five fold. Lowers quality of breast milk, decreases immune response and decreases insulin response.

*Here is the part that is very interesting.
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 (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

*You can try this yourself:
Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple days you will note a couple things-----no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (this 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?


Yankee Girl said...

And why do I eat this stuff??? ICk

Judy said...

I seldom eat margarine and buy butter most of the time. I used to buy it from the Amish right off the farm when I could get there to get it. I do cook with it sometimes but won't anymore, not after reading this. Thanks for a very informative post, Margaret. I learned something today!


My God Margaret, you do come up with some amazing facts. I didn't know the difference between the two but I do now,
Thanks for this blog it really opened my eyes, though I don't eat Margarine I only have a small amout of low fat butter.
Once again Thanks.
Take care.

Linda said...

This is VERY interesting reading, Margaret!! From the first paragraph, you had me thinking all the way through - if it killed the turkeys, what will it do to us? :)

I used to use margarine for cooking but for the past couple of years have gone solely with butter, and guess what - my cholesterol has never been better! Though my 3 mile walks has probably had something to do with that, but still...

I just prefer the taste of real butter when I'm making things. It's what my Mom's family grew up with on the farm and they all lived relatively long, so I'll stick with it.

Thanks for another great blog piece!

A New Beginning said...

Go Margaret!This is a true eye opener...thank you so much!!

Katie and Da Katz said...

oh my word and it killed the turkeys... so let's give it to the humans?

sumtimez this ol world is crazy... thanks for letting me know why it breaks me out!

Katie Kat

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Becky and Gary said...

Not good Margaret. I don't think I'll eat it anymore. All the good cooks on TV use real butter! Thanks for the info!

kavita said...

I don't eat both the stuff nor do i encourage my kids to do so...recently i read in a health report that too much of fat is making kids diabetic and hypertensive at a very early age.But i do buy butter when i bake a cake for special occasions .Your post is an eye opener.Thanks for sharing.

Patty said...

Yuck. I guess that's why I buy BUTTER. But still use margarine in a lot of my recipes, guess I better stop that and use all butter. Hope you two have a perfect week-end and your new pets are doing great.

Merle said...

Dear Margaret ~~ I have this info
on my computer. Well done for posting it for us.
I am glad you like my jokes and I hope to post tomorrow. I am having a great amount of pain in one leg and can hardly walk. Not sure what is causing that.
Take care,my friend.Love, Merle.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Wonder what advertisement they used to entice everyone to buy and use margarine....ugh! There is nothing like the taste of a good butter on a hot home made roll. I don't even like the butter you buy in the grocery store. I buy from the local Amish. There is a world of difference.

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