You’ve heard the stories, do your own test with the brand of Margarine you use.
The chemical make-up of margarine has been manipulated so much that it is only one molecule away from plastic. That’s right! Eating margarine is about as close to eating plastic as you will ever get, unless of course you like eating indigestible items. Some people have even gone so far as to test this, leaving margarine out for weeks at a time. It does not decay, attract bugs, or smell in any way. It simply sits there, like a plastic blob, unable to change form.”
Some have gone so far as to say that eating margarine contributes to the rise in autism in this country (now 1 in 110 kids are diagnosed with autism, it used to be 1 in 2,000 several decades ago, before all these fake foods were widespread).
Too many people are still under the misconception that margarine is nutritionally superior to butter. For this reason, we have prepared a fact sheet on the subject. Most of the information comes from the writings of three people who have done an incredibly fine job of informing America about food deceptions. They are Beatrice Trum Hunter, Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., and Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. The balance of the material has been gleaned from “establishment” medical journals.
When margarine first appeared on the market, sales were low. Margarine looked and tasted like lard. Back to the drawing board! Margarine was then sold with a coloring agent for esthetic improvement. But people didn’t want to color their own food. Back to the drawing board! Sophisticated techniques emerged, and with them, margarine that looked, smelled, and tasted like butter. Believe it or not, now it was the butter industry that went back to the drawing board. Today most butter contains color additives to compete with the “Yellowness” of margarine.
Margarine is often advertised as being derived “from polyunsaturated oils.” Manufacturers neglect to mention that the oil is changed into margarine by hydrogenation – saturating it with hydrogen. Some margarines do contain small amounts of liquid polyunsaturated oil added to a hydrogenated base, but the bulk of the fat must, of necessity, be saturated. Otherwise the margarine would be liquid like any other polyunsaturated oil.
Once a vegetable oil is hydrogenized, however, a new fat has been created. Such artificially hydrogenated vegetable fats are a recent addition to the diet. The human body has had no experience with them. It seems reasonable to wonder if we have the capacity to deal comfortably with this essentially synthetic food.
In fact, elaborate statistical analysis of the incidence of heart disease and the consumption of hydrogenated fats in England has shown a dramatic and detailed correlation between the two. Where margarine and solid vegetable shortenings are used in significant quantities, the rate of heart attack is always higher than where they are not.
Margarine is a perfect example of a fabricated food, the earliest nondairy substitute. Manufacturers invested large sums of money for research in the technique of “creaming” margarine to increase the public’s acceptance of the product. A survey has shown that advertisements have influenced consumers’ choices for margarine over butter.
The advertising campaign launched by margarine manufacturers was termed “one of the most unprincipled food promotions in the past quarter of a century”, with TV commercials described as “noisy, ubiquitous, and shameless.” They have promoted a staple food as though it were a drug. Margarine advertisements were directed especially to physicians. Physicians, lacking information about how the hydrogenation process affects human health, or about the hazards of too much processed polyunsaturated fat, began switching patients from butter to margarine and from animal fats to vegetable oils.
Hydrogenated fats have a higher melting point than fats that are liquid at room temperature. They are less well utilized in your body. They do not circulate in the blood or move through the tissues as liquids. They may disrupt the permeability characteristics of the membranes of the body’s cells and prevent the normal transport of nutrients into and out of cells. Hydrogenated fats produce a deficiency of essential fatty acids (EFA) by destroying them, or producing abnormal toxic fatty acids. Deficiency of EFA is a contributory cause in neurological diseases, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, skin disease, various degenerative conditions such as cataract and arthritis, and cancer.
The conversion of oils to the hydrogenated form actually prevents the proper formation of bile in the liver from cholesterol, and therefore can elevate blood cholesterol and have adverse effects both directly and indirectly.
by Betty Kamen, Ph.D. and Si Kamen