Extra Extra: Margarine Only Healthful for 10 Years! (…then it kills you)

Can this study get any better? Yes it can. The investigators broke down the data into two halves: the first ten years, and the second ten. In the first ten years, there was no significant association between margarine intake and heart attack incidence. In the second ten, the group eating the most margarine had 77% more heart attacks than the group eating none.

That’s Stephan, pitting butter against margarine*. Highly recommended reading.

Another tidbit:

People who ate the least margarine had the highest prevalence of glucose intolerance (pre-diabetes), smoked the most cigarettes, drank the most alcohol, and ate the most saturated fat and butter. These were the people who cared the least about their health. Yet they had the fewest heart attacks.

Ha, even smoking is less bad for you than eating industrially processed, fraudulently marketed, government backed and subsidized agri-crap.

*(nasty garbage unworthy of being fed to sewer rats)

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3 Comments

  1. Lute Nikoley on October 22, 2009 at 16:37

    That’s exactly why we switched to butter some 35 years ago. Remember us making our own butter from Walton’s whole milk?

  2. Patrik on October 22, 2009 at 17:35

    I don’t find this surprising at all. My background is from Central/Eastern Europe where the Commies promoted vegetable oil and margarine even more so than than here in the States in the 80s.

    Health outcomes today in Hungary? Not so good. Surprise Surprise!

    Butter/lard/drippings, which the peasants had historically employed, were and are still thought to medieval and unhealthy.

    Ironic.

  3. Matt R. on October 23, 2009 at 09:50

    Butter is always better! It’s just a shame that vegetable oils were so heavily promoted against traditonal fats in the early 20th Century. We’ve never been the same since, and the same bad arguments persist today.

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