Margarine is THE WORST! There is this big misunderstanding that fat is bad for you. Fat is actually 100% necessary and extremely important to your health (being one of the macronutrients and all, it’s right up there with protein and carbohydrates). That is, good quality fats. Margarine.. not such good quality.
Good quality fats are vital to: brain development, a healthy nervous system, cell membrane integrity, and your hormones to name a few.
Some signs you might be low on good fats are: dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, dandruff, excessive thirst, eczema, psoriasis, and poor memory. It is also linked to hyperactivity in children (“ADHD”).
Margarine is a highly processed vegetable oil and often hydrogenated (I could go off on a huge tangent about how much I hate hydrogenated products, but I’ll save that for another post). Our bodies don’t do very well with processed vegetables oil, just like they don’t do well with processed carbohydrates like muffins and cookies.
Now, let’s put this into perspective. Your nerve cells have a protective coating called the myelin sheath. Nerve cells allow the body to communicate with itself by sending electrical signals. Both the speed and quality of these signals are influenced by the condition of the myelin sheath. If the sheath is damaged or not functioning properly, signals are slowed and your response time or movement is affected. This is why we need good quality fats to build a healthy myelin sheath. Which substance do you think a message will travel through faster: margarine or olive oil?
Use this as a rule of thumb: Use coconut oil or organic butter for cooking/heating and use olive oil for salad dressings. Those are the only oils you need in your house.