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Is this true? Butter vs margarine

Skipper

TRIBE Member
I got this as a forward, and am wondering if there is any merit to it...health buffs, help?

> > DO YOU KNOW...
> >
> > The difference between margarine and butter?
> >
> > Both have the same amount of calories.
> >
> > Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams
> > compared to 5 grams.
> >
> > 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
> > only because they are added!
> >
> > Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance
> > the flavors 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...
> >
> > Triple risk of coronary heart disease..
> >
> > Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol)
> >
> > Lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) ....
> >
> > Increases the risk of cancers by up to five fold...
> >
> > Lowers quality of breast milk ...
> >
> > Decreases immune response...
> >
> > Decreases insulin response.
> >
> > And here is the most disturbing fact....
> >
> > HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!
> > Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC...
> > This fact alone was 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).
> >
> > YOU can try this yourself: purchase a tub of margarine and leave
> > it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will
> > note 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.
 

rubytuesday

TRIBE Member
I have seen mouldy margarine before so I don't know about it being completely sterile. I think a lot of the health things might be true, because all I know about margarine I hear from the companies that sell it.

(Butter is better)
 

kat

TRIBE Member
:rolleyes:

omg teh molecuuules!!!!

so thaaats what hydrogenated means. hydrogenated = evil additive
 

rubytuesday

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by SENSEi
So why does it exist?

What is it's advantage over butter?
It's a cheap alternative to butter, which coupled with it's health claims makes it popular. And you never have to microwave it to spread it on your food:)
 
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man_slut

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by SENSEi
So why does it exist?

Cheaper to produce= more profit for evil corporations that couldn't give two shits about your health.

What is it's advantage over butter?

None!
 

TaCk OnE?

TRIBE Member
I call bullshit.


margarine is perhaps not the healthiest thing around like they'd have you believe, but it's made from canola oil, not made in some test tube, it's not chemically similar to plastic...

if you leave it out, it does go bad.


I can't really comment on the other health benifits though as I'm not really knowledgable about that sort of thing.

sounds like some gurilla tactics by the dairy marketing board, or some bored farmers.
 

mingster

TRIBE Member
i think the idea that "it's one molecule away from being plastic" is pretty irrelevant. whether it's true or not, it sounds like one of scary facts about food you shouldn't be eating...even though it's probably not really that bad. or something.
 
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Soundstream

TRIBE Member
I'd like to see the source of this e-mail.

But while we are on the topic of health, I got this e-mail forwarded to me:

Subject: TOXIC CHEMICAL ALERT!!

The Invisible Killer

Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

Dihydrogen monoxide:

* is also known as hydroxyl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
* contributes to the "greenhouse effect."
* may cause severe burns.
* contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
* accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
* may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
* has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

Contamination Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the US.

Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

* as an industrial solvent and coolant.
* in nuclear power plants.
* in the production of styrofoam.
* as a fire retardant.
* in many forms of cruel animal research.
* in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
* as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.

Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its "importance to the economic health of this nation." In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.

The Horror Must Be Stopped!

Act NOW to prevent further contamination. Find out more about this dangerous chemical. What you don't know can hurt you and others throughout the world.

Please forward to all your friends, particularly if they are pregnant as addiction to this chemical can be passed from mother to unborn child. REMEMBER! The withdrawal symptoms can kill you.
Cheers ... Ian :)
 

Subsonic Chronic

TRIBE Member
Yeah... I guess most of that would be true.

But about it being one molecule away from plastic, that's nothing new, and there are plenty of other foods that fall under the "edible oil" umbrella (plastics come from oil just like margarine does).

ie: miracle whip, cheesewhiz, etc...
 
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Stormshadow

TRIBE Member
That e-mail reminds me of the Coke disolving nails one.
Yes, it's bullshit.

And you can buy non-hydrogenated margerine, which is a lot better for you.
It's just vegetable oil people.
 

Balzz

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Soundstream
I'd like to see the source of this e-mail.

But while we are on the topic of health, I got this e-mail forwarded to me:



Cheers ... Ian :)
OH NOES!!!! I bathe in that stuff!!!
 

Cri

TRIBE Member
Margarine or butter...they both taste the same anyways .. or close enough. It's like Coke or Pepsi..some people have a preference for one..or the other.
 
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Silvershadow

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by rubytuesday
Did you know that there is a law in Quebec preventing margarine from being the same colour as butter, so in Quebec margarine is a weird off-white colour?
It's all in the eye of the beholder, I guess... when I moved to Ontario, I thought it strange that margarine here is yellow.

To me, margarine SHOULD be white.

I didn't realize the law was still in place though... I though people just stopped putting dye in because they realized it was healthier to not put extra products in it just for the sake of esthetics.

My mom tells me that back in the day (I mean, WAY back in the day), margarine used to also come with a packet of yellow dye; that way, if people wanted their margarine to be yellow, they could colour it themselves.
 

SENSEi

TRIBE Promoter
I always thought that hydrogenated margarine was good for colesterol.

Doesn't hydrogenated mean water added?
 

deep

TRIBE Member
There are two places which you can generally discount as valid sources of scientific information : email forwards and CNN
 

finary

TRIBE Promoter
i hope margarine is healthier

i was raised believing it is.

ive eaten Becel my whole life, as long as I can remember.

The only time I use real butter is for dipping my lobster.. *drool*

/finary
 
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