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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pass the Butter ... Please.



My friend, Jan Ballas, sent this to me in an email. Some people still think that butter is bad for one and that margarine is better. For years and years we ate tons of margarine, sadly - usually the big bucket of Country Crock Margarine as we couldn't quite afford Becel, or put it this way, my husband prefers a good deal. Ian's dad, a doctor, on one of his visits from South Africa told us to switch back to butter, because margarine is unhealthy. We switched and a little while later that sentiment became mainstream. However, there are still the die hard margarine eaters out there.

Pass The Butter .. Please.

This is interesting . .. .

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys.. When it killed
the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted
a payback 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...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5
grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over
eating the same amount of 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 a few and only
because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours
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 acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease .

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and
lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact..... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS
VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27
ingredients with PAINT

These facts alone were 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 open in your garage or shaded
area. Within a couple of 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 a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you
melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to butter them up')!

Chinese Proverb: When someone shares something of value with you and you
benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

Pass the BUTTER PLEASE

A reader debunked some of this email here: www.snopes.com

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/butter.asp

Jennifer said...

Aaah, most interesting! Thank you for that!

DHG said...

Just wanted to note that the claim in the Snopes piece that many margarines have no trans fat is sort of misleading. Manufacturers were given the loophole of claiming any amount less than 1 gram as zero, but if a substance has .5 grams/serving and a person eats several servings/day, the amounts can add up fast. Also, the claim that butter contains cholesterol should be ignored, considering that there is no evidence whatsoever that consuming dietary cholesterol will raise blood levels, or that even raised blood levels, per se, cause heart disease.

Jennifer said...

Very good comments, DHG. I agree 100%.