FINALLY! Butter is now officially PROVEN to be a better choice than margarine for heart health.
I would not be able to tell you how often I was slammed for saying exactly that: eat butter, NOT margarine!
Butter is a real food, margarine is an artificial “food-like” substance. Butter is packed with naturally occurring Vit D , Vit A (butter is one of the easiest forms of vitamin A to absorb. Vitamin A promotes good vision, a healthy thyroid and adrenal health) and Vit E (along with cancer prevention, Vitamin E promotes the health of the eyes, heart and brain). All those Vitamins are fat soluble which means that they require fat in the digestive tract to be absorbed, which in turn means vitamins in butter are easily absorbed into the system.
Butter contains the amazing butyric acid used by the colon as an energy source. This fatty acid is also a known anti-carcinogen.
One tbsp. of butter also contains trace amounts of various B vitamins, such as folate, Vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Among other actions B vitamins assist in metabolism, helping the body convert food into energy.
Let’s have a look at margarine: while it may be cheaper, you’d never eat it again if you knew how margarine is made. All margarines are made from vegetable oils that have been heated to extremely high temperatures. High temeprature damages most vegetable oils making them extremely dangerous to your health. After that, a nickel catalyst is added, along with hydrogen atoms, to solidify it. Nickel is a toxic heavy metal and some amounts always remain in the finished product. Finally, deodorants and colour are added to remove margarine’s smell (from the rancid oils) and unappetizing grey colour. And if that is not enough, in the solidification process, harmful trans-fatty acids are created. For long time now tranfats are associated with huge rise of coronary heart disease.
As for vitamins in margarine? They are added to it at the end because margarine is lacking in everything really. Those added vitamins are synthetic. Does it make a difference if you eat synthetic or natural vitamins? Heck yeah!! The body knows the difference between real and fake and it ALWAYS prefers real. In addition to being synthetic, isolated vitamins are missing all their naturally occurring essential synergistic co-factors and transporters. A synthetic vitamin can enter a cell, but it cannot upgrade or replace the cell’s components with superior, better quality elements. The results? A degraded cell. Nature always packages vitamins in groups. The vitamins work together for better absorption. For this reason, the body responds to an isolated vitamin in the same way it responds to a toxin, tries to get rid of it.
“The new research findings led by Professor John M Davis (et al) at the National Institute of Health in the United States and just published in the British Medical Journal, has found that eating margarine instead of butter can double the risk of heart disease and heart attack.”