The “Butter vs Margarine” Facts and Myths

I got the following from an email sent by a friend. You might have too as this email was supposedly to have been in circulation since 1999.

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?

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.


  • 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 …


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, changing 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:

#1 No flies, not even those pesky Fruit flies will go near it (That should tell you something)

#2 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 find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Well, before you suck in your breath and believe every word, go to to read the article entitled “The Butter Truth”. The article by Barbara “gold standard” Mikkelson is about the facts and myths of “butter vs margarine”. Previously, margarine was thought to have caused heart coronary disease but now, the finger is pointing at trans fat. Beside the facts and myth, the article also has some interesting background stories of butter and margarine.

Whenever you received an interesting email like the above, always do a google search to see what others got to say. Well, I had an enlightening afternoon.

2 thoughts on “The “Butter vs Margarine” Facts and Myths

  1. bokjae

    Good post, vivienne! We too do not take Margarine! Over here, we were told lately that our roadside hawker stall on fried bananas also melt plastic in the oil to fry!!!! Seems to keep the crispiness longer! Be careful about these unhealthy food.

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