Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pass The Butter, Please

This was emailed to me ages ago and I actually read it while cleaning out my folders, and it makes scarily interesting reading. Think Ill do a bit more research before I give up my Flora, but let me know what you think.

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; 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% 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 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 acids. Triple 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 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 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 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 different because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weenie 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.' So... DO IT!


Deb Neerman said...

Ummmm, please pass the Country Crock! I kid ... Oh. That's margarine iff'n you didn't know.

I'm a butter girl .. my whole life ... I've eaten so much butter over the years, I moo when I see bales of hay.

Scary, scary, stuff!

Have you ever set fire to Pringles? They melt like plastic ... Ummm, yes, I did burn 'em ... this is my own experiment, no federal funding here, lolol!

Some of these flavored waters that are so popular contain icky crap too ...

Me thinks it's high time to raise your own food!

Thanks for the info; you rock!!

(Hey, speakin' of rockin', you should enter THIS CHALLENGE>.

Kim said...

Wow...that IS interesting...I had no idea...*off to throw away my margarine and buy some butter* Thanks for mentioning my blog! :)

Joanne said...

We reverted to butter after reading various things along these lines, including a book called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Very interesting read. Lots around the myth that saturated fat is bad for you! Now I am used to butter again - margarine just looks so artificial, never mind what it tastes like.

Karen said...

Thanks for reminding me why I don't eat margarine,lol! I read this a while back. Dh takes it camping but has to bring butter or oil for frying stuff because he noticed he couldn't fry successfully with this stuff. I told him about the garage experiment but he still puts it on his bread and potatoes. ICK!

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