Friday, May 8th, 2009
Since butter is so extremely expensive in Japan, I was looking around to find a replacement. I was looking at margarine, shortening, olive oil, etc.
Margarine can be bought for almost half the price of butter in Japan, which is still outrageously expensive compared to Europe. Replacing 50% of the butter with margarine, would reduce the price of waffle part of our stroopwafel by 10%. I was considering to give it a try, until my friend forwarded me the following information about margarine.
Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.
DO YOU KNOW the difference between margarine and butter?
Read on to the end…gets very interesting!
Both have the same amount of calories. Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added! Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years. And now, for Margarine.. Very high in trans fatty acids. Triple risk of coronary heart disease. Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) creases the risk of cancers up to five fold. Lowers quality of breast milk. Decreases immune response. Decreases insulin response. And here”s the most disturbing fact….HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING! Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC.. This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance). You can try this yourself: Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things: no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)\r\n\r\n* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast? Share This With Your Friends…..(If you want to ”butter them up”)! I don”t know how much of this is really true. The sort of “official” information about <a title=”Margarine” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margarine” target=”_blank”>margarine in wikipedia</a>, does not mention anything about the turkeys for instance, but the <a title=”Is Margarine better for your health?” http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/butter.asp
health benefits are apparently questionable.
Anyway, I never liked margarine and always avoided it since I was a kid. In fact, I was the only child in my family that was eating butter on my bread. Well, enough reasons for me to avoid using margarine in our stroopwafels.