Butter vs Margarine: The Big Fat Butter Lie

800px-Western-pack-butterBy: Paul Fassa,
Natural Society.

Is butter bad for you? For decades, the food processing industry has used advertising campaigns to successfully lie about the urgent and proven need to replace “unhealthy” butter with “healthy” margarine. But now we know that this teaching was nothing more than made-up. In the battle of margarine vs butter, you may now be surprised which comes out on top.

Even back in the 60s and 70s sufficient scientific evidence indicated that butter was far better than margarine for good health. Who knew? Nevertheless, the industrial fake food industry relentlessly convinced millions of us to eat margarine for health reasons. The commercial processed fake food industry merged with Madison Avenue, the AMA, and mainstream media to instill a whopper of a lie by reinforcing margarine as better for you. They claimed in unison that saturated fats made you fat and promoted cardiovascular disease.

Damage from Fake Fats that Replace Favorable Fats

Partially hydrogenated fatty acids in margarine damage arteries and blood vessels. They lower good cholesterol, and raise blood levels of triglycerides and lipoproteins leading to cardiovascular damage. They also raise C-reactive protein, an inflammatory and cellular dysfunction marker. Worse yet, they inhibit the utilization of essential omega 3-fatty acids as wells a prostaglandins, which eliminate blood clots. Additionally, a diet high in partially hydrogenated fatty acids has been linked to insulin resistance and type 2 Diabetes.

The NY Times covers hydrogenated oil health issues while still promoting saturated fat nonsense. In order to function properly, your lungs, heart, immune system liver, bones, hormones and cell membranes all require high quality saturated fats – in moderation of course. Fatty acids and cholesterol are needed for healthy cell membranes, hormone and vitamin D production, and the transport and utilization of important vitamins and minerals. Now even mainstream media is spreading the truthful real news on butter. The New England Journal of Medicine recently solidified the link between trans fats and heart disease. Even low levels of trans fats consumption (1%-2%) substantially increase heart disease.

Butter vs Margarine: Butter Hierarchy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

So what should you be looking for?

  • At the top of the pyramid is organic butter made with raw milk from grass fed cows.
  • The middle level is organic butter with pasteurized milk from grass fed cows and without rBGH, rBST, or antibiotics.
  • The pyramid’s base is butter made from pasteurized milk from confined, grain fed, factory farmed, antibiotic and likely rBGH or rBST injected cows.

Amazingly, the butter at the bottom of the pyramid is still better for you than margarine! Margarine is merely a lab created plastic food-like substance, not by any means a real food. It’s cheap to make, lacks nutritional merit, and damages health. But it has a longer shelve life and a higher profit margin than real butter.

Five Reasons to Eat Real Butter

  • 1. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) - Raw organic, pastured butter has loads of anti- tumor CLA. It inhibits the growth of cancer cells in the skin, colon, breasts and lungs. It’s anti-fungal and it stimulates muscle growth while preventing weight gain.
  • 2. Butyric Acid - Butter contains 4% butyric acid – a short chain fatty acid that research indicates can inhibit tumors. It also signals the immune system into action when an infection is brewing.
  • 3. Vitamin K2 - Raw, organic, pastured butter and cream contains vitamin K2 – a necessary co-factor in vitamin D synthesis. K2 also ushers calcium out of your blood stream and into bone cells which increases bone density instead of calcifying arterial and heart tissue. Check out Mike Barrett’s article on vitamin K deficiency symptoms.
  • 4. Fat–Soluble Vitamins – Butter is a good source of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, and E. It’s also an excellent vehicle for their assimilation.
  • 5. The Wulzen Factor - Raw, unpasteurized butter, cream and milk contain the “Wulzen factor” an anti-stiffness agent. It protects against calcification of the joints (osteoarthritis) as well as cataracts, and the calcification of the pineal gland. Pasteurization destroys the Wulzen Factor.

Raw, organic butter is a superfood that won’t make you fat if consumed in moderation. It fact, it consists of short chain fatty acids (SCFA) and medium chain fatty acids(MCFA), which are not significantly stored as fat but easily used as energy.

This may finally be the end of the butter vs. margarine battle.

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43 Responses to "Butter vs Margarine: The Big Fat Butter Lie"

  1. krystelle  August 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I totally agree! Raw butter is best! And we need saturated fats and cholesterol for heart and brain health. We just need them from real foods. What do you guys think about vegan butter?

  2. Nicola  August 6, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I have definitely known this but love to see this information become more mainstream. Nature will show you how bad margarine is. Leave it on your counter. No other life form will touch it. It is generally filled with hydrogenated oils, which no one can argue is good for your health, as well as dyes and stabilizers. I prefer real food.

  3. em  August 6, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I’m not sure what the big news is here? I’ve never met anyone in my life who thought that margarine is better than butter. This myth doesn’t seem to have spread as widely in Europe.

  4. Veggie  August 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

    What about vegans? I’m not buying something a living being had to suffer for. I think I can survive with a few layers of margarine in my breakfast.

    • david steven  August 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      if you compromise your health with ” a few layers of margarine ” , one wonders what other compromises you make in your diet . may I suggest avocado rather than margarine . its what I use . also of interest is the fact that the chinese , who do not consume dairy , have a phenomenal difference in breast cancer rates . one in 10000 , compared to one in 12 in western countries . food for thought .

    • Veggie  August 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

      I’ve tried avocado and it’s quite annoying cuz you never know if it’s soft enough inside.

      I’ve recently found hummus to be pretty good as a spread though :)

      But for baking, I still need to use marg. Vitalite is non-hydrogenated sunflower oil, which can’t be THAT bad O.o

  5. Vegan Fi  August 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Honestly if I see this crap one more time!!!!! Margarine is NOT one molecule away from plastic and most margarine these days also have no trans fats and are non-hydrogenated. Margarine is made from vegetable oils which are very healthy and not made in a lab! Butter comes from a cows tit, if you think sucking from a cows tit is more natural than vegetable oils carry on but, this is utter rubbish.


    • Crappy Cartoons (@CrappyCartoons)  August 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Um, you are responding to claims that were not made in the article and then siting a webpage that does not back-up the claims you are making.

      Hey, I do take your overall point in terms of it being a vegetable product.

      I would remind you, nevertheless, that we are indeed mammals and that sucking on tits for sustenance is part of what we are in terms of evolution and dna and all that stuff.

  6. Dawn Crouch  August 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Coconut Oil is best for all uses in the kitchen and is great on toast. It is best to buy the deodorized coconut oil (deodorized naturally), unless you don’t mind the smoky coconut taste that some coconut oils have. I love butter too but am a bit concerned about what it actually is. It is after all a processed food, no matter how natural people try to tell us otherwise, and of course, it is made from the mammary milk of another species. I mix butter and coconut oil together as a spread on bread and it works really well. I get the buttery taste and the benefits of the coconut oil.

  7. AM  August 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Those that are greedy and tell lies to guide the consumer into danger, may not find themselves in danger here on earth., It’s obivious that you do not have God in your lives,and you forgot that there is a judgement day. Turn from your wicked ways while there is time.

  8. Olaf  August 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Stopped using butter, margarine, salt, pepper, sodas & reduced sugar intake
    many years ago, nor any coffee, tobacco or alcohol in my system.
    Reflects well in my excellent checkup at Mayo last week.
    I suspect none of the above do any good for you!
    BTW, what does a headache feel like? I’ve never had one.

  9. Fredrick Carrier (@FredrickTech)  August 8, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I read about this in an “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” of all things. Butter has a long fight ahead of it unless some major media coverage can be given to it, because of the long-term ingrained effects of the smear campaign.(Spread campaign?)

  10. Aureleuz  August 30, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I like butter.


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