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Monday, October 29, 2012

Margarine vs. Butter

I like margarine. The soft stuff in the plastic tubs. The one's made with a little olive oil are my favorites. Butter is for cooking; Margarine is for the table.

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  • Margarine was originally made to fatten up turkeys but instead it killed them: Wrong again.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.

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