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Pass the Butter

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I got this article in an email from one of my "healthy" friends ----- thought I'd share it and see what my sparkfriends had to say!


"Pass The Butter ... Please.

This is interesting . .. .

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 colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavourings....

DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.
Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

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 and only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours 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.

Triples 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 times..

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... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.

These facts alone were 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).

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice 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 differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny 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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PROVERBS31JULIA 12/31/2012 1:39AM

    I've read this article before and margarine is gross.

Butter is better but it's only as good as the quality of milk used to produce it. So I try to use butter made from grass fed cattle that have not had RgBh (sp?? growth hormone) or pumped full of antibiotics.

Ghee (a type of clarified butter popular in India and vegan cooking) is a really interesting product. Evidently the stuff that you skim off when it is cooked to a certain point is the stuff that contains the protein and carbohydrates, and is the part that goes rancid when butter is left sitting around. When it is skimmed off and then allowed to cool off and sit, the resulting product "ghee" is shelf stable for 2-3 weeks ( or less, depending on how much of it you use in cooking etc.). Really tasty too.

Bring on the Butter!!


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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/30/2012 9:08PM

    I rarely eat butter, but I NEVER eat margarine. I know its a fake food!

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JANESLOSS 12/30/2012 3:49PM

    Thanks for sharing!

Our household has never been margarine users and now I'm really glad!

I try to eat natural foods and margarine doesn't sound very natural!

Thanks again. Great blog!



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KATHYJO56 12/30/2012 2:44PM

    Jane, this is an excellent blog. I actually try to avoid both. I don't miss it on bread and use olive oil when cooking. You got your facts exactly right! emoticon

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JUSTJOSS 12/30/2012 10:09AM

    I have always been a butter girl! Thanks for sharing Jane!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/30/2012 9:38AM

    only real food for me! emoticon

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JILLIEWILLIE1 12/30/2012 9:06AM

    Growing up, that is all my mother used.In her defense, she was a stay at home to 5 boys and 5 girls. So money was very tight. Sub-generic ring a bell with anyone? I didn't taste real butter unless I went to a restaurant, which wasn't until after the first 3 boys and 1 girl left the nest. Once I was out on my own I have never used margarine.

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ME_FIRST 12/30/2012 9:01AM

    I'm a butter girl all the way. Years ago "they" said olive oil was bad for you, so I never believed "them" when they said margarine is better than butter. Thanks for your post.

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ADIOSALL 12/30/2012 8:54AM

    I rarely add these kinds of fats, but when I do, I go for the better butter.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/30/2012 8:41AM

    Thanks for sharing this! I have never used margarine -- sure don't plan to start!! Can't say I use a lot of butter either, but definitely would choose butter over margarine any day of the week.

Happy New Year to you.

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KITT52 12/30/2012 8:31AM

    thanks for sharing....I'm guess I'll stop nagging at DH about using who knew.....this is sort of scary when you think we are giving this to children....

Have a happy New Year

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JUDITHANNIE 12/30/2012 8:28AM

  Thanks for reinforcing what I have been saying for years. I will stick with my butter just try to eat less.

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/30/2012 8:27AM

  Wow! Thanks!

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SFREY217 12/30/2012 7:58AM

    This is why I have always been a butter girl. I didn't change to fake butter to help lose weight, I just started using less. The same reason I don't drink diet drinks. I would rather have nothing than something that taste bad and not good for me.

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