Bread And ButterMargarine is a butter imposter and does not deserve any praise. 

Would you ever choose to eat a food created by a chemist? That is exactly what you are doing if you are eating margarine. This food has a long history and has had a few variations over time. The thing is, because it is not natural, when it enters your body, your digestive system does not know how to deal with it. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. It creates damage in the attempt.

We have been sold a myth. The myth is that somehow margarine is good for you and your heart. This is definitely not true. One reason for this is that margarine is created by hydrogenating oils. Hydrogenation is when the molecules of the oil have been altered and changing their state from a liquid to a solid.  Hydrogenated oil is also referred to as a trans-fat. Man-made trans-fats contribute to cancer, heart disease, bone problems, skin disease, hormonal imbalance, difficulties in pregnancy, problems with lactation, infertility, low birth weight, learning disabilities and growth problems with children.  Some scientists have done studies on man-made trans-fats and declared that they are unsafe at any level for human consumption.

The use of margarine as a substitute for butter has become so common that many people refer to it as butter in everyday speech. Have you ever been into a sandwich shop and been asked if you want butter on your sandwich? Very few sandwich shops use real butter.

One of the reasons that butter has been maligned is that it contains saturated fat. There has been a common misperception that saturated fat is bad for you. There are several saturated fats that are in fact very good for you. Real butter contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). CLA is known to fight diabetes and cancer. Butter also contains MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) which have been shown to assist in weight loss.  Issue 2 of Health Naturally Magazine covers how MCT’s assist in weight loss.

Another reason people think margarine is good for them is that some margarines are touted as assisting in lowering your cholesterol levels. Recent evidence is showing that cholesterol is not as bad for us as first thought and that in fact it is good for you. Health Naturally Magazine has articles that cover this in issues 10 & 11 by the world renowned Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

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