Fats - Oils, margarines, butter - Part 1

Happy healthy Monday!🥦🥒🥬

Fats in the form of oils, butters, and margarines etc. are one of the most confusing parts of nutrition for normal people (and sometimes for nutritionists as well to be honest). 

My approach - as with everything regarding nutrition - is to look at what is normal and natural for us as humans while still considering your individual needs. 

The simplest way to test what is normal and natural for you, is to answer the following 3 questions: 

  1. How long are humans consuming this product? Is it NORMAL for us to eat this? 

  2. Can I make this product at home using only a reasonable effort? Which does not mean you actually have to make it at home, but it does show us if that product is still NATURAL enough. 

  3. How does my body respond to it, what is my genetic predisposition etc. - Your individual assessment.

I talked about this in depth in my articles here and here Now, before we get into more details with each different type of oils and butter, I would like to mention one thing: 

The best way to consume healthy fats is to eat them as close to their natural form as possible. While some of the products we will analyze over the next couple of days are ok to consume, it is almost always better to consume the natural ingredients those products are made of. 🥑🥥

If you want to eat healthy fats, eat those nuts, avocados, fatty fish, eggs, olives etc., do not pour additional teaspoons of processed nut oil on your pasta. Go as natural as possible.

Now let's start with MARGARINES.

It is actually quite simple to decide if you want to consume margarine.

The answer is NO ❌❌❌

The very first discovery of margarine acid is from 1813, then some more research was done and at the end of the 19th century the first production began. 

But the real boom of margarines only happened in the 1950s. That is a very short time to consider margarine normal food for humans to consume. Not even 100 years are we consuming this. I am not saying all the newly invented things are bad. There are many great inventions that happened in the last 100 years. Margarine, however, is not one of them. 

If you want to know more about how margarine is made, there are some very interesting videos on Youtube such as this one.

If you watch it, let me know if you got lost in the process. I did around 3min 15s. For those of you who do not want to watch that, let me tell you: it is not a simple nor a natural process. You would not be able to make margarine at home with only a reasonable effort. 

And as simple as that margarine goes out of your fridge into your trash. Do not even finish the box you have. I normally hate throwing out food, but this is an exception - it’s questionable if we should even call it food. It really is unhealthy and you do not do yourself any favours when you eat that. 

Big fat unhealthy NO ❌❌❌ for margarines in our kitchens.

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