We all know that margarine is a substitute for butter in cooking, baking, spreading and melting and we also know it’s one of the most delicious ways to get some extra goodness into your daily, balanced diet, but here are some other tasty facts you might not already know…
It was invented in 1869 by Emperor Napoleon III in France. The country was undergoing a serious butter shortage, so Napoleon announced a competition to find a suitable alternative and margarine was born. Originally made with salty water, margaric acid and beef fat, margarine in the 1800s was very different to the one we have today.
It is full of healthy fats that keep us energetic and full of life, such as omega 3 and 6. Our body can’t make these for itself, so you need to keep it in your diet. What better way to keep ourselves nourished than with a healthy dose of the yellow stuff in a fresh sandwich or warming soup? Most margarines contains less saturated fat than butter and only mere traces of trans-fats, so it’s a good way to keep your ticker ticking along nicely too.
Many chefs swear that the secret to the perfect curry is to use margarine in cooking it! Why not spice up dinner tonight and give it a try for yourself? If curry’s not your thing then there are loads of other margarine inspired recipes out there to try. Let us know what you think.
You can make your own margarine in simple steps, just using the ingredients you have in the kitchen. You can even try creating your own personalised blend by adding your favourite herbs, spices and flavours to your ingredients list. Perhaps a little extra pepper or maybe even a dash of chilli powder for the more adventurous margarine lovers out there!
Margarine makers actually add extra vitamins to make it healthier for you and your family! That’s right, since 1925 vitamin A and vitamin D have been added to margarine ingredients. Vitamin A keeps your hair, skin and eyes healthy and vibrant while vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium and phosphate. So vitamin D looks after your teeth and bones. A little margarine as part of a balanced diet is a great way to make sure your family are getting a healthy dose of the good stuff that they need.
So you see margarine is a lot more interesting than you first thought! Aside from being a tasty treat in your cooking, it’s good for you and has a fascinating history – what more could you want from a spread?!