NEW Column! Rants & Radishes
Rants and Radishes is a new segment in our newsletter where we challenge some conventional thinking, go off topic or debate a subject pertaining to food and wholesomeness. It is strictly our own perspective we have established after we have taken some time to research a particular topic, trend or something that just doesn’t make sense to us. You’re free, as are we, to have an opinion, but our goal is to bring light to some subject matter that really just gets our goat!
Butter vs. Margarine the great debate!
Is butter really better? You decide. We have!
Butter, a substance containing some of the building blocks of life, carbon hydrogen and oxygen is a natural food containing one ingredient and has been around and used for thousands of years. Although butter is a saturated food, the body is able to process and metabolize it more readily than margarine which is an unnatural product composed of many ingredients and can only be made through processing and alterations to the molecular structure of a vegetable or plant oil. Hydrogenation of these plant oils requires high temperatures, causing some troublesome effects which result in this unnatural product and sometimes contain trans fats. Trans fat, which lowers good cholesterol and increases bad cholesterol is what increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Although most margarine today is now made without creating trans fats, and there are certainly better products than in the past available, it is still an unnatural product of many ingredients created through processing. So be aware of what you put in your body.
Tanya is a whole foods chef and business owner of a whole foods catering service - Artisan Food Co. She is currently completing holistic nutrition and is an advocate for whole body living.