Butter vs Margerine

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
March 20, 2007 4:00pm CST
Does the fact that your mother, or grandmother switched from butter to margarine even though it is cheaper, made you upset even a bit, now that there is evidence that Trans Fat has a detrimental effect on one's body and health?
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3 responses
20 Mar 07
I think there are lots of things we can apply like that such as smoking, foods that cause cancer, heart attacks, diabeties etc. It woulde nce to go back in time and save people from all of these things and I'm sure there wil be a lot in the future too but unfortunately it isn't something we can do.
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@mbizmom (237)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I think it depends on the quality of the margarine, since not all has the same amount of trans fat. However, my mother bought the cheapest margarine she could find. Everything she fed me makes me upset a bit, since at the age of 12 I began having gallblader problems and the doctor said it was because of what I ate.
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@CatNPK (461)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Not all margarine contains trans fats. Overall, margarine has been linked in studies to lower cholesterol and other potential health benefits due to a high content of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Read the label, all margarine is not the same. Butter not only has a higher fat content than margarine, it also contains almost exclusively saturated fat. The negative effects of saturated fat and trans fatty acids are almost the same, although trans fats cause problems in smaller dosages and with more severe symptoms. The point is not butter or margarine, but that neither should be consumed on any regular basis. Both are pure fat, which is much better obtained from a raw, unrefined source such as olives, flax seed, or nuts. Sorry, cookies should not be part of the weekly diet. I can't deny that I love pancakes fried in butter, but I only eat that about twice a year due to the unhealthy fat content. So personally I believe the trans fat discussion is moot, since none of those foods should be a part of anyones regular diet anyway. And if self-control is an issue, government should not have to waste tax money on time spent arguing over illegalizing trans fats... Sorry, I am digressing now. My mom always used margarine for sandwiches and such, and still does, altough butter is almost always used for her baked goods. I'm not worried about trans fats nearly as much as the general habit of gaining weight when I spend too much time eating her food... But it's too good to say no...