Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Butter, the Downfall of Humanity

Speaking of Butter, "they" (whoever they are - it may be a conspiracy) continue to preach about its unhealthy qualities. To hear some, one would think butter goes way beyond being a health issue. It alone is the sole cause for all the ills of humanity including the break down of the American family, the recent recession, and the failure of our public schools. OK, I'm taking this a little far, no one can blame the failure of our education system on our love of butter. But I digress.

If you look at a package of butter, the ingredients include: Sweet Cream and Salt or just Sweet Cream if it is the unsalted variety. Now, for the sake of argument, let's take a look at the "healthy" alternatives that we are constantly told we need to use to better our health and prolong our lives. Take the ingredients in "I can't believe it's not butter": partially hydrogenated soybean oil, water, natural sweet cream buttermilk, salt, natural soy lecithin, vegetable mono and diglycerides, potassium sorbate, calcium disodium EDTA, natural and artificial flavors. Don't you love it. The makers are pretty proud of the two "natural" ingredients, sweet cream buttermilk and the soy lecithin.

Remember, Chiffon Margarine, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature". Well, turns out, it's damn hard to fool Mother Nature and the rest of us. And, there was always the tub of Parkay that had the identity issue of pretending to be butter then reminding us he was "Parkay". There were more issues there than an identity crisis. 

If I'm going to die early, I would much rather enjoy good food during what life I have left to live. Personally, I would need to think long and hard about a protracted partially hydrogenated existence. 

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