Friday, 30 December 2016

butter is better - whole foods beat profitable processed pap

The food corporation adverts would have us believe that margarine is cheaper than butter, and you can't taste the difference!

Well I can taste the difference, and decided to do some simple arithmetic to test the truth of their claims:


Maragarine ingredients:

2. sunflower oil 26%
3. Palm oil
4. linseed oil
5. reconstituted milk
6. salt
7. emulsifier
8. lecithin
9. sodium alginate
10. potassium sorbate
11. lactic acid
12. vitamins E, B6, A, D, B12, folic acid
13. flavouring
14. colouring

Margarine analysis:

fat 45% !!

this typical brand costs £2.20 for 1kg equals 450 gram fat

Butter ingredients:

1.BUTTER! 98.9 - 100% 

2. salt 0.0 1.1 % (best shops offer a choice of salted, lightly salted, unsalted)
3. nothing

Butter Analysis:

1. fat 82%
2. water 17%
3. salt 0.0 - 1.1%

The butter I bought today (same shop as the margarine) cost £2.05 for 500 grams. (410 grams fat).

The margarine costs £2.20 for 450 grams of oil.

Butter does not have any vitamins added, and this is why (not whey, why!):

calorific contents

Carbs    0.1 g
Sugar    0.1 g
Fiber    0 g
Fat    81.1 g
Saturated    51.37 g
Monounsaturated    21.02 g
Polyunsaturated    3.04 g
Omega-3    0.32 g
Omega-6    2.17 g
Trans fat    3.28 g

vitamin contents

Vitamin A    684 µg    76%
Vitamin C    0 mg    ~
Vitamin D    1.5 µg    30%
Vitamin E    2.32 mg    15%
Vitamin K    7 µg    6%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)    0.01 mg    0%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)    0.03 mg    3%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)    0.04 mg    0%
Vitamin B5 (Panthothenic acid)    0.11 mg    2%
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)    0 mg    0%
Vitamin B12    0.17 µg    7%
Folate    3 µg    1%
Choline    18.8 mg    3%

mineral contents

Calcium    24 mg    2%
Iron    0.02 mg    0%
Magnesium    2 mg    1%
Phosphorus    24 mg    3%
Potassium    24 mg    1%
Sodium    643 mg    43%
Zinc    0.09 mg    1%
Copper    0 mg    ~
Manganese    0 mg    ~
Selenium    1 µg    2%

An academic study of health risks and benefits of butter (and other dairy foods):

butter and margarine consumption

Before margarine was marketed, the typical adult ate ~18 lbs of butter a year (UK and USA very similar)

So why the propaganda from food corporations to switch to margarine? They've taken a leaf from the likes of Coca Cola. The most profitable thing to sell, if you have no scruples, is water.

To buy 1 kg of oil as margarine would cost £2.20 / 0.45(%) = £4.89.

The main (and probably most nutritious) ingredient costs about £1 per kilogram (on my supermarket shelf - even cheaper in bulk). The profit margin from doctoring it with emulsifiers and other chemicals is 365%.


Use unadulterated oils for cooking, butter on your bread. There is NO GOOD REASON for consuming additives, unless your diet is deficient.

Lye Cross organic Farm cheese
My local Sainsbury's supermarket stock several organic options in the dairy. The cheese is from Lye Cross organic Farm


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1 comment:

healthy habits said...

#healthyfood What do you think is more addictive, #tobacco or #sugar?

Food addiction has nothing to do with your stomach, it is your brain that takes over.

On and off we have heard stories that said that sugary and fatty food affects our brains in much the same way as cocaine or cigarettes.

A group of scientists have since, proven the truth behind the theory.

The findings concluded that drugs and fatty foods affects almost the same areas of our brain.

Scientists found that the brains of a binge eater reacted in the same way a coke addict's did when he/she saw his/her fix.

When foodies see food or junkies see drugs the brain releases a neurotransmitter--dopamine--the sin signal of the brain.

Be it love, lust, reward or addiction dopamine is chemical behind all our 'sinful' cravings.

To be fair to dopamine however, it is a chemical signal that remembers certain predicted feedbacks.

A more mundane example would be the salivation like reaction if you simply think about tamarind.