Posted on November 7, 2012 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 coloring (some came with a packet of yellow “stuff” to color it yourself) and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like that? 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 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, and 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 flavors of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years. What you need to know Margarine is very high in trans fatty acids. It triples risk of coronary heart disease by Increasing total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) It also Increases the risk of cancers up to five times, lowers the quality of breast milk, and decreases the immune plus the insulin response. And here’s the most disturbing fact… Margarine is only one molecule away from being PLASTIC , and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT. These facts alone were enough to make me avoid 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). Also it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value, so nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weenie microorganisms will not a find a home to grow, because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast? So you better “believe, it’s not butter”! For those of you that can’t / don’t eat butter, there are some healthier choices out there. “Margarine is Margarine”, but there are dairy free butters you can choose from. Just read the labels, and if there is any ingredient that you can’t identify , don’t buy it! Most of these are made with soy, olive oil, or some other type of healthy oil.