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butter vs. margarine

paul wheaton
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Joined: Apr 01, 2005
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Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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The yellow goo at the top is margarine.

The yellow goo at the left is "reduced fat margarine"

The stuff with the ants all over it is butter.



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paul wheaton
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Joined: Apr 01, 2005
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Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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The ants do not recognize the margarine as food.

Thelma McGowan


Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 170
Location: western Washington, Snohomish county--zone 8b
    
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Wow...a picture is worth a thousand words.


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Frolf Lundgren


Joined: Feb 20, 2012
Posts: 39
Location: Finland, MN
At least one ant is watching his/her diet. Reminds me of Joe American who orders two big macs, three french fries and a "diet pepsi".


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John Polk
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Joined: Feb 20, 2011
Posts: 5836
Location: Moving to: NE Washington USDA zone 5 Western steppes to the Rockies
    
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Butter vs margarine:

My attitude is that I trust a cow more than I do a lab technician.

Daniel Morse


Joined: Feb 13, 2012
Posts: 214
Location: SW Michigan
    
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My brother and I did this after we noticed the flies loved my toast in the morning. I use butter. He is a margarine fan. No flies for him.

So, we took a stick of each. On a piece of wood on the wood pile. The butter was gone right away. Ants, flies, chipmunks and whatever. The margarine just made a mess. I never liked margarine. I also have no health issues with my heart or such. I may be crazy, but I am a healthy big guy who happens to be crazy. It is basically plastic.

Anything my dogs sniff and sorta eat. I will not eat either.


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Rick Freeman


Joined: Jan 08, 2012
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Location: NW Montana, Hardiness Zone 4b
Hmmm. Interesting on-the-fly study.


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Betty Montgomery


Joined: Nov 13, 2011
Posts: 44
Location: Lone Oak, TX
Am I seeing things or are there a couple of dead ants in the melted margarine? Does that mean it could be used as an insecticide?


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Ashley Ross


Joined: Mar 01, 2012
Posts: 76
A few guys seem to have gotten a little side tracked. Maybe they are the not so smart ants. Look at those guys just sorta floating over there. I like to think they've got the margarine blindness-hahaha!
Wayne Bennion


Joined: Mar 17, 2012
Posts: 3
Location: SF East Bay
Got to the bottom of this page, and I had to laugh. An ad for margarine! We have flummoxed the ad machine. Hooray!
Raven Sutherland


Joined: Nov 09, 2010
Posts: 128
Location: Massachusetts
very interesting Paul

the same trick (example) can be used... with birds

as they will not eat -> white rice.....


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Chris Kott


Joined: Jan 25, 2012
Posts: 793
Location: Toronto, Ontario
    
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My aunt and her family have been margarine-crazy for as long as I can remember. I could never understand, and after that photo, I am confirmed in my position. I see a lot of people with the pro-margarine mindset also ascribing to the all-antibacterial soap all-the-time life philosophy, and I see, probably as a result of both practice and mindset, people with way more allergies to food and environmental agents than I ever thought normal. As to the margarine specifically, the only basis for the unhealthiness of butter that I can see is the same as that for animal fat, or lard. If the fat product you're taking is from livestock that is raised in a healthy way, the product will be good for you; if not, then not. I'd like to see some basis in numbers for this, but Paul has stated on at least one podcast that organic lard is almost a superfood for its nutritional benefits.

-CK
Raven Sutherland


Joined: Nov 09, 2010
Posts: 128
Location: Massachusetts
That add for margarine can be prohibited in order to foster better health



Dale Hodgins
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Joined: Jul 28, 2011
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Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
    
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In checking out products containing trans fats, I discovered that some brands of microwave popcorn are the worst offenders.

Some brands of margarine contain just a pinch of olive oil. The labels make a big deal about that ingredient. The unsuspecting consumer could easily be duped into thinking that olive oil is the principal or the only ingredient. >


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Raven Sutherland


Joined: Nov 09, 2010
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Location: Massachusetts
the order of ingredients on the labels indicates
the amount of each item

so if just a tiny amount of olive oil is in it
then it should be listed last.
Dale Hodgins
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Joined: Jul 28, 2011
Posts: 3510
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
    
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Raven Sutherland wrote:the order of ingredients on the labels indicates
the amount of each item

so if just a tiny amount of olive oil is in it
then it should be listed last.
.

True, but that doesn't prevent the usage of an "olivey" sounding name and a label which includes Italian scenery and architecture. The fine print indicates the 85% canola content.
Michael Radelut


Joined: Jan 21, 2011
Posts: 193
Location: Germany, 7b-ish
Daniel Morse wrote:I also have no health issues with my heart or such. I may be crazy, but I am a healthy big guy who happens to be crazy.


Trust me, you're not crazy
And the things you might get a heart condition from are probably not the ones you're thinking about.
Michael Radelut


Joined: Jan 21, 2011
Posts: 193
Location: Germany, 7b-ish
Chris Kott wrote:I'd like to see some basis in numbers for this, but Paul has stated on at least one podcast that organic lard is almost a superfood for its nutritional benefits.

-CK


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Raven Sutherland


Joined: Nov 09, 2010
Posts: 128
Location: Massachusetts
well

we are designed by nature to burn fat like a rocket stove burns wood
 
 
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