Butter Vs. Margarine

Submitted by: PixelMitch 4 years ago in Science

What the heck is the difference, and which should you be using?
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Female 2,691
okay, the main thing is, why don`t you limit your butter consumption to a reasonable amount? Like, your average restaurant portion could feed you for several meals, if you weren`t such an fleeking piggie.
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Male 14,834
Ugh, my chest
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Female 595
The point really is, eat more omega-3s (fish, grass-fed meats, dairy, and eggs, or take cod-liver oil), reduce your intake of omega-6s (limit your intake of vegetable oils, or stick with coconut, palm, or olive oil, which is healthier, and try to limit processed foods, which contain lots of mutated omega-6s, including trans-fats), and when you get your cholesterol checked, don`t focus so much on the total blood level, but rather your triglycerides or even your c-reactive protein (crp), which is a better long-term indicator of your heart health. If you`re maintaining a good omega-3/omega-6 ratio, your HDL and LDL should be in good standing.

For more info, go to westonaprice.org. Thanks!

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Female 595
The famous study that most doctors go by (but are starting to not) was found significantly flawed. It showed by country that populations with higher cholesterol levels had higher rates of heart disease. But the scientist only included about 15 of the countries and left out the others that didn`t match this finding. In fact, some countries with the highest cholesterol had low heart disease and vice versa.

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Female 595
Plus, there is no such thing as "good" and "bad" cholesterol; that is an oversimplification. Cholesterol got accused of causing atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries) and heart disease because it was found repeatedly in high quantities in autopsies done on heart attack corpses (but not in all). Cholesterol is actually important to the body because it helps heal damaged arteries, kind of like when platelets rush to the scene of a bleed. So those with atherosclerosis are damaging their arteries somehow, but cholesterol was just trying to repair the damage. It`s like finding firefighters at a fire and blaming them for causing it. What can hurt arteries is triglycerides, among a few things.

In fact, low cholesterol has been known to cause more harm than good, because our bodies need saturated fat and cholesterol to build and maintain cell walls and function. And there is no correlation between high total blood cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease.
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Female 595
Man, he had me up until his recommendation for less saturated fats and using vegetable spreads.

Americans eat too many unsaturated fats (usually from vegetable oils) thereby offsetting their Omega-3/omega-6 ratio. It should be 1:1, but it`s WAYYY higher than that, like 1:21. Omega-3s are generally found in grass-fed meats, dairy and eggs. Omega-6s are in vegetable oils and grain-fed meats, dairy, and "vegetarian" chickens (chickens are naturally omnivores). Grains were never supposed to be fed to cows and other ruminants. It makes their stomachs acidic.This off-balance of too many omega-6s and not enough omega-3s is what`s causing havoc in our bodies.

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Male 5,811
[quote]Since losing weight, I rarely use butter and when I do it`s that "I Can`t Believe It`s Not Butter" 0 calorie spray[/quote]
I have no difficulty believing it`s not butter.
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Male 510
Fine! I won`t use either. I`ll just slather my toast with Elderberry jam. :p
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Female 6,381
CodeJockey:
MAR-jer-un a or MAR-jer-in is what you hear on nationwide TV ads, and is the way I`ve heard every Canadian say it. Well, except for a brain-damaged substitute teacher in Grade V who thought it was called "mar-jeen."
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Female 1,803
"Is it weird that I loved hearing about cis and trans and it made me miss O Chem?"

HA, I did the exact same thing. We`re NERDS!
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Female 1,236
I love the way each region has its own way of pronouncing certain words. "Pee-can" vs. "P`khan", "HI-bis-cus" vs. "HIB-i-cuss", etc. But...
@Penguinazul; there`s just one way to say grits. And that is "grits, mmmm". lol, have a great night all.
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Female 470
Since losing weight, I rarely use butter and when I do it`s that "I Can`t Believe It`s Not Butter" 0 calorie spray, and I only use that when I need to flavor up some vegetables or want a little something on my toast/potatoes/grits (yes grits!) without all the calories. It hasn`t affected my health in the slightest, so I really don`t see what the problem is.
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Male 5,617
"Why does he say `Margarine` in such a strange way? Is that how it`s pronounced by everyone in America?"
Mid-western neutral dialect is: "Mar-Jer-inn."
Other dialects vary toward "Mar-jrinn."
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Male 1,586
Is it weird that I loved hearing about cis and trans and it made me miss O Chem? PS I`m totally a butter guy.
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Male 677
Why does he say `Margarine` in such a strange way? Is that how it`s pronounced by everyone in America?
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Female 2,549
Butter... Yum
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Male 5,081
I want a pizza.
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Male 3,894
Natural vs. Processed is utterly meaningless. compare what they *do* and not where they`re *from*.
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Male 38,483

You can`t make hollandaise with margerine.
That`s all you need to know.
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Female 1,803
When I was a kid, I hated butter and preferred Blue Bonnet margarine, although we called it "oleo". Now as an adult, I`m butter all the way. Usually with garlic thrown in so that balances out the negative heart affects ;)
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Male 4,893

Use both, at the same time. YUM!
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Male 17,512
Butter is better, just use less of it.
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Male 38,483

@ Windy - I`m torn. Butter is better for flaver in pie crust, but lard gives it flakiness butter just can`t achieve.

I love cooking :) I did home made cinnamon rolls that were a big hit last weekand and my sour cream poundcake is to die for.
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Female 1,589
I use margarine cause it spreads easy. Except when baking. Butter is a must in baking.
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Male 3,461
I prefer the taste of margarine to butter, but butter is better on popcorn than margarine.

Either way, I`ve cut a lot of butter and margarine out of my diet.
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Male 38,483

Of course butter is fatening... it IS fat. It`s the fat seperated out of the cream.... and it`s delicioius!

As to which one to use, unless you need the butter flavor, use lard!
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Male 3,445
I don`t buy butter or margarine. I don`t eat animal products, so butter is out. 99% of the margarines on the market include palm oil, which is not just unhealthy but is also a major contributor to deforestation and is therefore contributing greatly to the rapid extinction of the orangutan.

I make my own margarine spread mainly using sunflower oil and water. It`s not quite the consistency of consumer margarine, but it works for me.
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Male 771
shouldn`t be using either, fatty
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Male 61
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