Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to start putting butter on your toast. And your potatoes, vegetables, in your baked goods…and anywhere else you might use margarine or a “spread” that makes some health claim or another.
Level of Commitment: Making Strides
This might be incredibly difficult for some of you, having grown up with the misconception that butter will not only make you fat, but will probably kill you with cancer if the heart attack doesn’t get you first.
For me, I had to stop using margarine when I finally learned about the hazards of trans fats. Butter seemed expensive, but so did the Smart Balance and similar spreads. I couldn’t fathom allowing trans fats in my house anymore, though, so I went with butter.
When my husband was diagnosed with high triglycerides (really high, with a family history of heart disease and early heart attacks!), we did what the doctor told us and switched to Smart Balance for the plant stanols, or sterols, or whatever they’re called. (Hubby calls the stuff “plant paste” in their honor.)
I find myself reading and re-reading the ingredients on the tub, wondering how, if not by hydrogenation, do the liquid oils listed become the solid spread within. ?? I actually asked the company about it. It’s a trade secret, so they won’t tell me. But it makes me nervous. Something is telling me there’s some sort of trans fat, or at least something rather unnatural, about those plant spreads.
The one my mother-in-law was told to buy after her heart surgery this summer is called Benecol (and it’s $5 for a tiny tub, too). Guess what the third ingredient is? Partially hydrogenated oil. GAAAAAHHHHH! The nutrition facts, of course, claim “zero trans fats”, but we know about that loophole.
If you’re nervous about the “artery-clogging” saturated fats in butter, please, please read today’s Food for Thought about saturated fats being healthy for you. I can’t stress enough how we need to drop the margarines, even those that claim “no trans fat.” Go with something that people have eaten for centuries, and if you think it might cause a heart attack, just eat less of it.
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This week I’ve learned that people are pretty passionate about fat (see comments at the previous post), that restaurant service ain’t all it’s cracked up to be when you desire good food, and that butter is on sale at my local store. Phew! I’m out! See what other people learned at What I Learned This Week at Musings of a Housewife.