Today I see a Facebook posting about margarine being “one molecule away from plastic”.
Having eaten my fair share of margarine over the years this Facebook posting reminded me of childhood conversations with my mother about how they used to get it with a separate tube of ‘colouring’ so the margarine wouldn’t look so much like lard.
I also remember the big advertising wave of “I can’t believe its not butter” and how the taupe plastic bucket would occupy the centre of the kitchen table and would get shoved around with the utterance of “Pass the butter please” and no one objected to it NOT being butter.
Which is better? Butter or margarine?
My memories of margarine are also intermingled with plastic tubs of Parkay and Imperial and then came Becel – this was advertised to the the healthiest of all margarine’s. Perfect for heart health, and by that time my mother had developed her rightful inheritance of heart disease so the taupe plastic was replaced with yellow.
For years I ate margarine, usually whatever was on sale.
That changed a few years ago when I began to study nutrition and health and chemicals and their effects.
I am not a scientist. I do not know beyond a shadow of a doubt what is BEST for our bodies. But I do know that we have not been using plastics or ingesting chemically altered or modified compounds for a long enough period of time to actually know their effects.
After some digging into the “one molecule away from plastic” declaration I found that this was considered an urban legend that does have some merit. However one molecule or alteration can make a big difference. Diamonds and coal for example. And when it comes to cooking with oils the healthy cooking oils depend on the temperature you are using. Some oils WILL change molecular structure and become carcinogenic on high heats.
One molecule away
So what do you do?
I made my choice based on the “absence of knowledge”
Even though the producers of manufactured products publish quality studies there is no actual history. Because no one can tell me how all the alterations will affect us 100 years from now I question “what is this doing to our
I wish I had that answer.
Butter comes from cows that are injected with growth hormones, antibiotics. Kept in uninhabitable pens. Said to be responsible for methane production and global warming.
Then there is the whole bit about cow’s milk and humans don’t mix anyway.
The calorie content is similar, about 70cal for 10g which is about two teaspoons.
So here’s what I decided.
No butter, no margarine. Cook with the appropriate cooking oils and stay away from genetically modified or altered anything and TRY to find real organic foods.
That is a common question for just about any health change isn’t it? Why get into a fit body, why eat healthier, why even bother when my life is already half over. Or why bother when I’ve already done so much damage?
In short the answers to why bother to be fit are:
To improve the quality of life you do have left and to set an example for those following in your footprints.
Even if you have a great deal of weight to lose you can still target and look forward to that day. By following a realistic path and maintaining your commitment you will, without doubt – reach your health and fitness goals.
Living and breathing a healthy lifestyle contributes to general happiness and improved moods.
Just because the previous days on this planet you have chosen to live one way, does not mean that today you cannot choose to live a different way. The rewards will come, and quickly at that.
Sometimes we don’t have the answers to what is the BEST choice for our health. But we do have the answer to “what is the better” choice and those ARE the choices we can make.
It is better to walk than drive, it is better to stand than sit, it is better to have baked than fried. You already know these things and the ‘better choices’ add up to a better life.
Don’t opt out of a healthy life just because there is a world full of conflicting and damaging information over what is BEST.
Decide today to just do what is ‘better’.