Monday, 18 March 2013

Butter vs Margerine

Hi all!

I'd like to firstly also send a shout out to the Van Zyl family and Van Tonder family too! Love to all <3.
In our house we pay a bit extra and eat butter rather than margarine, this was done more out of preference than for any other reason. Also, because I do so much baking, I prefer to use butter because it just adds that little bit more awesomeness to any dish that you use it in. Its basically the same with olive oil vs cooking oil. We prefer the olive oil for the natural goodness and health benefits and for the taste compared to cooking oil. I happened to be researching the pros and cons to butter when, quite ironically, Susan Glenny Murphy (a facebook friend of mine), happened to post this article on facebook and I just had to share it with you!

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?

I have been absolutely blown away by this info! I hope you have found it interesting too. Join me tomorrow for some awesome Cous Cous recipes and another funky way to do Easter Eggs shared with me by an old school friend, Jonathan Dalton.

Have a buttery Monday peeps!

Chef Shants xxxxx

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