Monday, September 25, 2006

Fun Facts About Margarine

Sorry for the lack of updates last week but I came down with a nasty case of strep throat as well as a virus last week. To kick this week off, I thought I might share some fun facts and figures about margarine, courtesy of choosemargarine.com. These facts are not only fascinating and heart healthy but they just might help you win a game of trivia one day!

1. By eating margarine instead of butter, the average person will save a minimum of 1196 grams of saturated fat per year (and could save even more by selecting a reduced-fat or low-fat margarine product).

2. An average consumer could reduce his/her fat intake by approximately 2,000 grams (18,000 calories) each year by simply switching from regular margarine to low-fat margarine? [Those calories translate to a weight reduction of five pounds by making this one easy switch.]

3. By substituting a margarine product for butter over a week’s time, you can save yourself a whole day’s worth of saturated fat.

4. A whole stick of butter has almost as much fat and cholesterol and double the amount of saturated fat as THREE popular quarter-pound burgers with cheese.

5. Some states used to have laws requiring that margarine had to be colored pink so it would not be confused with butter.

Be sure to tune in on Wednesday! I’ll give you more insight as to why heart healthy eating (including margarine) is such an important part of my life.

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