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What Is Vegan Margarine Made Of
How is shortening different than butter or margarine, regarding nutrition and healthiness? Why the name "shortening"? Does it make cooking time short?
Yes: Shortening can be from animal lard or vegetable fats. Refers to fat that is solid at room temperature. It is called shortening since it prevents cross-linkage between gluten molecules, thereby preventing elasticity. That's why it makes a flaky crust pie or crumbly cookies. It does not make cooking time shorter. It also has a higher smoke point than butter or margarine; good for deep frying. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Margarine is an oil that is chemically altered through a process called hydrogenation. In that form, when your body tries to use it, damage occurs within your cells. You should avoid all foods that have hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Naturally saturated fats (solid at room temperature) like butter and tallow are better to use. ...Read more
Food Like Substance: Margarine is a food-like substance: it has calories, nutrients and micronutrients, and thus provides provide nutritional support for the body. It is eaten with other foods. It is entirely synthetic and processed: it does not exist in nature, or in a natural found form (unlike fermented foods, raw foods, dried foods). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: "In moderation" is the key, as both of these are very high in calories and fat without much nutritional benefit. It is difficult to say one is better than the other, because there are several types. Some margarine contains trans fat, which is not healthy. Other margarine has little or no trans fat, and may even be made with healthier fats, such as omega-3s. Butter has saturated fat. ...Read more
Processed Plant Fats: Margarine is processed plant fat. Vast majority of c-c bonds in all fats, plant & animal, are single, aka saturated (no room for more hydrogen side atoms). If double bonds (unsaturated) present & converted to single bonds by industrial hydrogenation lacking control: ½ cis, ½ trans; all living cells do cis-. Promoted for ? shelf life (even bacteria can’t live on it) study googleimages & peter attia. ...Read more
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