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BUTTER VERSUS MARGERINE

BUTTER VERSUS MARGARINE

The following article (extracted from Dr. Lawrence Wilson's information dense site) is one of the best that I have seen on this issue. While the propaganda mill of the industry has hood winked us into thinking that their counterfeit copy is better - the real reason is the considerable profit that margarine, and other processed foods bring over the more expensive natural products. The cost of the margarine is based on denatured vegetable oil which only costs a few cents, while good butter may cost a few dollars. This provides considerable room for easy profits. It does not take rocket science to market margarine just slightly less than butter and pocket the resulting huge profit.

Chris Gupta

Dr. Price's older out of print edition of "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" mentioned below is available free from my favorite Soil and Health Library till the end of this year when the copywrite laws change and the gem will be removed. CG


BUTTER VERSUS MARGARINE

In the rush to lower cholesterol, many health authorities recommend eating margarine instead of butter. However, there is more to consider about margarine than just cholesterol.

WHAT IS MARGARINE?

'Hardening' vegetable oil by bubbling hydrogen through it at high temperature produces margarine. The hydrogen saturates some of the carbon-carbon bonds of the oil. The product then becomes hard or solid at room temperature. When the carbon bonds are saturated, the product is called a saturated fat. Margarine contains some saturated fat. Otherwise it would not be hard at room temperature. The ads and the packaging for margarine are often deceptive. Advertising often states it contains 'polyunsaturated oil'. However, the processing saturates or partially saturates the oil.

Margarine begins as chemically-extracted, refined vegetable oil. This is a poor quality product to begin with. The high temperature needed to produce margarine destroys any vitamin E, and perhaps other nutrients left in the oil. Also, the final product contains trans-fatty acids. These are man-made fatty acids. Research shows that trans-fatty acids increase inflammation in the body. This can worsen illnesses such as colitis and arthritis. Very recent research indicates that trans-fatty acids in margarine raise LDL levels. LDL is the "bad" cholesterol.

Hardening agents used in the production of margarine include nickel and cadmium. Nickel is a toxic metal that in excess causes lung and kidney problems. Cadmium is among the most toxic of the heavy metals. It may contribute to serious diseases such as arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure and malignancy.

WHAT IS BUTTER?

Cream is the raw material for butter. Butter is a partially saturated fat, just like margarine. However, butter is a natural product that does not contain trans-fatty acids. Butter is an excellent source of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K. These are not found to any degree in margarine. The vitamin content of butter varies seasonally, depending on the diet of the animals from which it is derived. Butter also contains some milk solids, giving it a whitish color. Ghee or clarified butter does not contain the milk solids.

Dr. Weston Price identified a factor in butter that is essential for proper growth and development of the bone structure. He called it 'activator X' and wrote about it in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Dr. Price was able to reverse severe tooth decay in children by feeding them one meal a day of highly nutritious food - including butter.

Although many people are sensitive to cow's milk dairy products, often butter is well- tolerated. This is because butter is almost a pure fat, and does not contain many of the allergens found in other milk products. Butter made from certified, raw (unpasteurized) cream is available in some areas. It the best quality butter available next to making it from your own cow.

IS AVOIDING BUTTER THE WAY TO CONTROL CHOLESTEROL?

The observations of many natural health practitioners indicate that a balanced body chemistry is the key to normalizing cholesterol. Dr. William Koch, MD, an eminent physician, wrote:

"Cholesterol ... is no problem when the oxidations are efficient and diet is sensible. In all our observations, high levels drop ... it steadies to a good normal when the oxidations are re-established to normal." (Normal oxidations refers to the efficient burning of food and the generation of adequate energy from food.)

Most cholesterol is manufactured within the body. A maximum of about 4% of all cholesterol comes from the diet. Cholesterol is the raw material for the adrenal stress hormones and the sex hormones. The body often reacts to stress by producing more cholesterol. This allows the body to make more stress-fighting hormones. As biochemical stress is reduced through a scientific nutrition program, cholesterol levels often decrease without the need for restrictive diets.

In fact, eating some animal products often helps balance body chemistry. In these instances, cholesterol levels or the cholesterol/HDL ratio improves although the diet contains cholesterol-containing foods.

In general, fast oxidizers or fast metabolizers can eat more butter and other fatty foods. True fast oxidizers run lower cholesterol levels. They also burn up fats more rapidly and efficiently. Slow oxidizers should restrict all fats and oils, including butter. However, a small amount of butter (1 teaspoon daily) may be eaten by slow oxidizers.

SUMMARY

The argument for eating margarine and other products containing hydrogenated oils are their lack of cholesterol. Margarine is also less expensive than butter. However, margarine contains refined, artificially saturated vegetable oil. It also contains harmful trans-fatty acids, and often residues of the toxic metals nickel and cadmium. Butter is a natural food and a good source of important fat-soluble vitamins. You will pay more for butter, but nutritionally it is well worth it.

 

Further to the post " BUTTER VERSUS MARGARINE" here is more on this much maligned subject...as usual it's all about profits and not much about health. But of course health is a good pretense to meet the bottom line!

See also: Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet for Morbidly Obese

Chris Gupta
http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/chris/2005/02/04/saturated_
fat_to_the_rescue.htm


The "American Paradox?"

I've spent a good chunk of the last thirty years debunking the notion that saturated fat (specifically, fat derived from animals) in the diet leads to increased rates of coronary heart disease ­ an absurd assertion that the politically correct, yet medically ignorant mainstream media has been trumpeting for an equally long spell. As usual, the boob-tube-and-byline pundits have got it all wrong…

Yet they'll likely not spill one drop of ink reporting on the latest in a long string of studies that point to saturated fat as a boon to the heart-healthy, not the scourge the headlines routinely portray it to be.

The new study, published in a recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, flies directly in the face of some of the fat police's most widely-cited research: A 1959-1971 Finnish mental hospital study which seemed to show that a diet high in saturated fat (in this case, an institutional diet which was no doubt also sky-high in refined carbohydrates and sugars) correlated to an up to 65% greater incidence of coronary heart disease among test subjects than did a diet higher in unsaturated fats.

But in this latest research, an American study of post- menopausal women with heart disease, saturated fat in the diet proved to be associated with a LESSER progression of the disease than did higher consumption of "healthy" unsaturated fats. Higher fat intakes in the study were correlated with favorable trends in both HDL (good) cholesterol and harmful triacylglycerol levels. In other words: Hated saturated fats effectively slowed down heart disease.

To refresh your memory, saturated fats are those that remain solid at room temperature (like animal fats). They are also a major component of healthy cells, the preferred fuel for the heart and muscles, powerful antiviral and antifungal agents, and serve as cancer-fighting genetic "regulators" in the body. Why didn't you already know these things (if you haven't been with me for a while)? Because our fat-phobic, animal- rights obsessed mainstream media wouldn't report on it if it were the cure for cancer…

Since this under-reported study used today's "gold standard" evaluative method (quantitative angiography) to derive its results, it poses a direct challenge to less precise prior research ­ as well as to the misguided popular assumption that saturated fat in the diet drives heart disease. Now that we Americans are finally starting to realize the heart-healthy, waistline-trimming benefits of a higher-fat, low-carbohydrate diet (thanks to the late, great Dr. Atkins and others), it will be interesting to see whether this "American Paradox" will get any play at all in USA Today, Time magazine or on the evening news...

I'm not holding my breath.

Extracted from Jan. 17, 2005 William Campbell Douglass, M.D. Newsletter archived at: http://www.realhealthnews.com/ddlist.shtml


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