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 a pacemaker inserted into my chest. I've spent a lot of time chatting with heart doctors. On one matter all agree: use soft, non-hydrogenated margarine, and use it in moderation. Go light with fat but don't fear 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: no. (Not if it's the non-hydrogenated kind.)
- Margarine was originally made to fatten up turkeys but instead it killed them: wrong again.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.