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Butter vs Highly Processed and Chemically Altered Vegetable Oils (AKA Margarine) 
Apr. 23, 2012 11:04 am 
Updated: Apr. 24, 2012 7:05 pm
My relationship with butter over the years can be described as a LOVE/HATE relationship. I mean, it's delicious and it makes everything richer and better. That's a "no-brainer". However, as a medical professional in the cardiology field I've always seen butter as the bad guy (or girl, butter is probably a bad girl). As a self declared foodie, I find that sometimes there's no way around butter. There really isn't a substitute that will deliver the richness, creaminess and absolutely wonderful flavor that real butter brings to the table! Being the natural researcher I've always been, I decided to look into this matter a bit deeper. What I found out left me a bit surprised and a LOT happier! Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to go adding butter to my butter or making sure I consume as if it was some sort of dietary supplement. Nah-ah! As many other things in life, butter must be enjoyed in moderation. Nevertheless, I found out that unlike margarine, butter is rich in Vitamins D, E, K and Selenium (a necessary mineral). Butter also contains lecithin (my father used to take lecithin supplements to assist in the metabolism of cholesterol and fats and those pills were HUGE) and a compound called "conjugated linoleic acid" which is known to fight cancer! On the other hand, margarine is a highly processed product that contains hardening agents that are known to be toxic.Nickel and Cadmium are both used in the production process of margarine to change its consistency. Compare that to the simple (yet beautiful) process of churning cream (that comes from the natural separation of milk) to make creamy, rich and delicious butter. Whilst margarine is less expensive than butter, it often contains poor quality, refined, artificially saturated oils, toxic metals residues and no nutrients when compared to butter. That's it! I'm sold! Now, do your own research, don't take my word for it. Though not all margarine is made equal, the flavor, richness and consistency of naturally made butter can NOT be compared with the artificially made and highly processed wanna-be stuff. 

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Apr. 24, 2012 5:21 am
Don't you just love reading the research? Especially when it leads you to find enjoyment of a product that you love. Now I'll feel a little better as I put a slather of butter on the raspberry oat muffin I'll be eating for breakfast!
Apr. 24, 2012 7:05 pm
Some good information in here...and it's nice to be 'backed-up" by the research. Go butter!
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Hola!! I'm a 36 years old Nuclear Medicine Technologist, mom to the smartest and handsomest 16 year old boy (I love you Dan!) and wife to a retired military man. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but the military brought me to Ft.Bragg, NC where I lived for 13 years. After my husband retired we moved to St. Louis, MO (in August 2009). I'm currently job hunting. I've met some great people in the area but I still miss my family in PR and my friends in NC. Planning meals, cooking and baking take a big chunk of my day and make it more bearable.
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