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Margerine and it's potential effects

Hello!

I have recently found out about the dangers of margerine (how silly of me to remain oblivious to it until now), and i am quite worried. I have read some pretty disturbing stuff and i can't believe i've been constantly "poisoning" myself everyday. I've read that often consumption of margerine is likely to cause all kinds of heart conditions/cancer/and a bunch of other bad illnesses (you get my point).
The reason i'm writting to you is cause i've been eating margerine every single day since i was a small child (4-5 years) and i am 23 years old now. It's always been a part of my breakfast. I eat around 5-6-7-8 slices of bread with margerine and jam while drinking a tea everyday for almost my entire life, so i'm kind of an extreme consumator.
I don't currently feel bad in any way, i don't feel like there's anything wrong with me (except being pretty thin - i weight about 120 pounds and i'm almost 5 foot 6).
Still, i am worried about the effects this might have had on my body. Should i be worried ? Is there anything i should get checked out ?
I hope i used the corect forum section. Thank you so much and i hope i'm not wasting your time.
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replied August 27th, 2013
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There are many maybes here. Maybe you are fine, maybe you are poisoned, maybe you can be ok.

Here's what I know: Margarine is linked to transfats and heart disease. Even the new blends are bad because they are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are linked to heart disease, and are loaded with preservatives, colorings and chemicals. There is nothing natural about margarine or butter substitutes.

I always recommend sticking to natural foods, including butter. Most people should not be eating more than 1 tsp a day, anyways. Butter has lots of different types of fats the body can use directly for building healthy tissues. It has natural vitamin A and calcium. There are numerous studies out now that shows butter does not increase risk of heart disease, except when linked to a high processed foods diet or consumed in unnatural quantities of 3-4 tablespoons per day.

In the end, it it your choice. You can ask your doctor for a stroke test, to see if your arteries are blocked, a cholesterol test and a liver function test, plus any others your doctor would recommend. Or just start to live a healthy life.

I started with a cholesterol of 333 and without meds, I lowered it 187. I used a natural diet. If I can do it, you can clear out a lifetime of margarine use, too.
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replied August 27th, 2013
Thank you so much for your reply and as it happens, i have already switched to butter! I probably won't pay the doctor a visit though, i'll probably just sound ridiculous. It's easier to ask about it online!
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