Pass the Butter!

I received this information today via email from our local foods group and thought it worthy to pass along.  So here are some interesting  – and disturbing –  facts about margarine.  Comments inside brackets [ ] are mine. 

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. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and marketed it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings. [“I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”  – it ain’t, trust me]

Margarine has the same amount of calories as butter [okay, not so bad]
Margarine is slightly lower in saturated fats at 5 grams versus 8 in butter [so where’s the bad?]

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. 

Very high in trans fatty acids.

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 fold.
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.
This fact alone is 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).  [Eating the stuff is like mainlining plastic into your veins!]
You can try this yourself: [Disclaimer: I have not tried this but if anyone does, let me know what happens]
Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note 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? 

Now for some butter facts: [there is a lot more out there on the internet about the benefits of butter versus the fake stuff]

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where the few nutrients in margarine are there only because they are added!
Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.
Butter is natural!  It has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

So, that’s just a thumbnail about yet another frankenfood.  Another good reason to eat locally!  Explore your local farmers market for a vendor that sells fresh butter; contact your state department of Ag for local creameries or dairy farmers who might be willing to sell fresh cream for making your own butter.  Check out this video.

Have a great day everyone! Keep it simple.

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