Originally developed as a healthier alternative to butter, margarine is actually just the opposite. Made from vegetable oils, it is full of trans fats. Recent studies have shown that eating a diet high in trans fats ups your risk of early death by a staggering 34%, mainly from heart related issues.
But margarine may also pose a cancer risk. By-products of heating vegetable oil to a high temperature during production are the chemicals lycidol and 3-MCPD. When these chemicals are digested, it releases toxins into the body.
Instead – Butter is actually the better choice, but go easy as it does contain a lot of saturated fat. An even better choice to drizzle on bread, substitute in recipes, and dress vegetables is olive oil flavored with your favorite herbs.