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Butter and Margerine Interesting Facts

Recently we were having a discussion with our new engineers. When we reached the topic shortening plant, which produces margarine, I asked, "What is actually the differences between butter and margarine?" It's funny and embarrassing because I still don't know the differences between those two foods. That's why I asked. Well, I got the answer. However, I would like to share the answers (more detail one) with an article below (Sorry, I forgot where I took this from).

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
and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like
it? They have come out
with some clever new flavorings.

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.

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) and lowers
HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold.

Lowers quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS

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,
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 Eventhose 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?

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posted by Kipas Repair JB @ 12:30 AM,


At Tuesday, June 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a good one..

At Tuesday, June 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Maybe you can share with us something interesting like that...

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007, Blogger maer wan said...

salam zaki dude,

em, I think, you don't have to quote where u got that facts, sebab as long as i can recall, i had been getting email about that since a few years back...

but funnily, i always forgot to ask my chemistry lecturer about the authenticity of margarine being one molecule away from plastic. (well, correct me if i'm wrong; but isn't it that ada banyak complex molecules y hampir2 serupa, but only because of a few molecules yg berlainan? and it's all because of the existence of kelainan tuh happen to be some sort of powerful active group?)

neway, good article. never like the taste of margarine anyway.. :)


p/s: have u gotten any email about the 'danger' posed by 'dihdroxy monoxide', a.k.a. H2O? funny giler..

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007, Blogger maer wan said...

oops, i mean, dihydrogen monoxide...

http://www.dhmo.org/ , or

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007, Blogger Kipas Repair JB said...

Maer wan,

Thanks.Thanks for the comment. Yeah,agreed... that single molecule, or group of molecule might happen to affect significantly the substance...But if you ask me more, I seriously don't know...Need some chemist to help and explain it...

Well, i'm like you. I don't really like margarine...like butter more...

Thanks for sharing the dhmo stuff...perhaps i can put it in my post...

At Sunday, October 11, 2009, Blogger krishna kashyap av said...

Great article..
Very interesting and
great fun to read.
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I’m Zaki. I used to be a project, process and chemical engineer. Few years ago I successfully became a Chartered Engineer (IChemE) and Professional Engineer (BEM). I'm now employed as a chemical engineering educator/researcher/consultant. Hope you like reading my blog. I welcome any feedback from you. My email: zaki.yz[alias]gmail.com. TQ!

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