THE WAFFLEMAN: What’s Wrong With Margarine

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Yo! Here we go again with this request – pass the butter, please. This is interesting.

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.

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. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few too – but 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.

LOOKS YUMMY? Think again.

LOOKS YUMMY? Think again.

And now, what about margarine? Very high in trans fatty acids. Triples 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 times. 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 – and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.

You can try this yourself: Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or in a 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). 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 a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

So pass the butter please and tell this information to your family and friends whose health you hold dear.

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2 Responses to THE WAFFLEMAN: What’s Wrong With Margarine

  1. Inaccuracies abound in this post. All of the references made about margarine and health here do not reflect that margarine producers have now removed trans fat completely from all national brands of soft spread (tub) margarine products and some of the national brands of margarine sticks also no longer have trans fat.

    I hope Waffleman will go to any supermarket and read the labels so he knows the facts. The comparison now between margarine products and butter related to heart health clearly show margarine is the best choice. Soft-spread margarine typically has 25% fewer calories than butter, one-third the saturated fat of butter, no cholesterol compared to butter’s 30 milligrams and no trans fat. That is why the American Heart Association and the US Food & Drug Administration recommend soft-spread margarine over butter as the heart-healthy choice.

    As for the “one molecule from plastic” and the “margarine used to fatten turkeys” comments, these are urban myths that have not a shred of truth but have been circulating on the internet for years. For more information on margarine go to

    Richard Cristol
    National Association of Margarine Manufacturers

    Richard Cristol
    April 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

  2. This is the most absurd column I’ve ever read. Margarine was made to fatten turkeys?? What? But the margarine killed the turkeys?? Huh??

    Which one molecule (?) separates margarine from plastic, exactly? Which 27 ingredients does margarine share with paint? You can’t just free-associate random factoids from your ass and call it a column. In the age of instantaneous fact-checking, this is pathetic.

    G Parker
    April 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm

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