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10 Foods You Should Avoid at All Costs

2. Margarine

Many people still do not know the difference between butter and margarine. Margarine was first invented in the 1800s when Emperor Napoleon III of France offered lucrative prizes to anyone who would create an almost exact substitute for butter that could be used by the poor and the armed forces. Even though it was a noble idea to substitute something for more expensive butter, today’s margarine requires additives like platinum, nickel, and aluminum; thus making it potentially hazardous. The process that creates solid margarine, known as hydrogenation, transforms the butter substitute into more of a plastic than an edible oil. Studies like this one from the National Center for Biotechnology Information have linked margarine to allergies in children as well as coronary heart diseases both in men and women.

Written by Mark Forge

Mark Forge is the founder of FatForge - an information website dedicated to busting nutrition myths, scams and lies while helping people turn their weight around. If you want to lose weight I suggest starting here.

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  1. Good info here, Mark!!
    However, you made a mistake on #4: You wrote, “Vegetable oil contains unsaturated fats and Omega 3 fatty acids, which are linked to heart attacks” You must have meant to write Omega 6, not omega 3. By the way, it’s not just having omega 6, but rather having too much of it. Some omega 6 is necessary for normal physiological function, but we typically get way too much of it and not enough of the Omega 3’s.

    I’d also add to this list with
    -diet sodas
    -gluten free junk foods and other “health halo” foods
    -microwavable ramen noodle packs

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