Monday, January 7, 2013

Consuming Margarine {it is dangerous to your health}

Stop using margarine and fake butter. FOR GOOD. It raises your cholesterol, causes heart disease, and many other things.  There is a reason it is so much cheaper compared to's NOT real food.

Are bodies are NOT meant to consume or breakdown margarine. They contain added chemicals and additives. The book In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan discusses margarine among many other "non-foods" and how they came to be on our store shelves.  It's very interesting. 

"Don’t eat anything your great-great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. Imagine how baffled your ancestors would be in a modern supermarket: the epoxy-like tubes of Go-Gurt, the preternaturally fresh Twinkies, the vaguely pharmaceutical Vitamin Water. Those aren’t foods, quite; they’re food products. History suggests you might want to wait a few decades or so before adding such novelties to your diet, the substitution of margarine for butter being the classic case in point. My mother used to predict “they” would eventually discover that butter was better for you. She was right: the trans-fatty margarine is killing us. Eat food, not food products."-Michael Pollan

I found this chart. I have not idea where it came from, or if it's 100% fact, but I am guessing it's not that far from the truth. 

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter:
Vegetable Oil Blend (Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Canola Oil), Water, Sweet Cream Buttermilk*, Salt, Mono And Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Natural And Artificial Flavor (Milk), (Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium Edta) Used to Protect Quality, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color). *Adds A Dietarily Insignificant Amount of Cholesterol.

Land of Lakes Margarine Stick:

Liquid Soybean Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Water, Buttermilk, Contains Less Than 2% Of Salt, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Vegetable Mono And Diglycerides, Artificial Flavor, Vitamin A Palmitate, Colored with Beta Carotene (Provitamin A). 

Even these ants know what is real "food" and what isn't. WOW! 

Oils and Fats to Avoid:

Vegetable Oils and their fats should be avoided completely. There are much healthier alternatives and there is no reason or need to consume these types of fats. The main culprits to watch out for are:

Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Soybean Oil
“Vegetable” oil
Peanut Oil
Sunflower Oil
Safflower Oil
Cottonseed Oil
Grapeseed Oil
I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter (You better believe it!)
Smart Balance (Not a Smart idea!)
Any fake butter or vegetable oils products

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  1. Hi, I'd love to have permission to use that pic of ants devouring butter and shunning margarine for a presentation I'm doing on gluten-free diets... Is it your pic? If so, may I have permission? If not, whose is it?

  2. Anne- I did not take the image. It came be found on google if you search margarine and ants. :) I hope that helps. Good luck on your presentation. Have you read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan? It has quite a bit on the topic of margarine and how it came about.