I have some friends who seem to believe margarine is made from petroleum products. I say seem because they are very bright and may be just making the claim to annoy me.
I've had robotic heart surgery. I had an ICD with pacemaker inserted into my chest. I've spent a lot of time chatting with heart doctors. On one matter they have all agreed upon: Use soft, non-hydrogenated margarine, and use it in moderation. Go light with fat.
And so I did some googling. I found the following — Myth busting: butter versus margarine.
- Margarine is one molecule away from plastic: Myth.
- Margarine increases risk of heart disease by 53% according to a recent Harvard Medical School study: Nope.
- Margarine was originally made to fatten up turkeys but instead it killed them: Wrong again.
No one, other than my friends, seems to have heard the myth that margarine is made from petroleum.