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Butter or Margarine

When I was in 7th grade, my home eco teacher asked us what the difference was between butter and margarine.  Honestly, I didn’t know at the time.  My family used margarine and called it butter (as sadly a lot of people do).  The teacher ended up saying margarine is healthier because it had fewer calories and less fat.  Seriously.  This is one of the issues with teaching children about health.

People still want to ‘teach’ counting calories and limiting fat (even if it was proven false) instead of teaching about real food and listening to your body.  People are too concerned with eating the ‘wrong’ food, told to us by the media and government, that they turn to chemical laden food products to ‘save them’ from these ‘wrong’ foods.  There are still fights over this.

Compare the labels of margarine and butter…

Margarine Ingredients:  Water, Vegetable Oil Blend (Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil), Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Whey (Milk), Mono and Diglycerides, Lactic Acid, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, (Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium EDTA) Used to Protect Quality, Soy Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)

country crock margarine ingredients

Butter Ingredients: Cultured pasteurized cream

kerrygold butter ingredients

Yes, butter does have more fat and calories, but is also more satiating and is a real food.  You can make butter in your own home by using heavy whipping cream (avoid carrageenan if you go this route).  To make margarine, you need a lab and multiple ingredients, as shown with all the links in the margarine ingredient section.

Trans fats are created by a process that uses hydrogen to turn liquid oils (usually cheap ones – corn and soy, e.g., that are already rancid) into a solid.  Yet the people that live in fear of natural saturated fats because of heart issues are actually causing more damage than they realize.

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USDA Revamp on Fats and Cholesterol

The government is starting to make a change in a better direction.  Though, it still isn’t fully accurate. Natural fats (like that from animal sources, avocados, olives, coconuts) saturated fats (extra source) – not trans fats/seed oils that must be chemically altered, natural cholesterol, and unrefined salt are good foods.

The body needs natural fats and cholesterol.  Fat is used for building hormones, and cholesterol is needed for cells to even function!

My ‘typical’ health markers are excellent since I changed my diet to high fat/low carb. This just shows the government should not be in charge of saying what someone should or shouldn’t eat (think of how bad the food pyramid was).

The food pyramid from 1992-2005 stated a person should have 6-11 services of carbs and only 2-3 servings of protein.

USDA_Food_Pyramid

Health is very individual, but eating REAL food is always key, not food ‘products’.

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