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6 Foods Mother Nature Could Never Have Dreamed Up

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3. Margarine

Aka “fake butter,” margarine is made from hydrogenated or refined plant oils, water, sometimes milk, sometimes soy, salt, preservatives, beta carotene for color and more. While it contains no cholesterol (as it’s made from vegetable oils) and many brands are vegan, margarine can still contain trans fats so it’s not necessarily better for your heart. If you eat dairy, butter may be preferable (occasionally) or there are healthier vegan alternatives. Or you could stick to spreading something else on your toast.

 

4. Whipped Topping

Vintage Ad #1,390: Forget Cool Whip...Photo via Jamie/Flickr

Cool Whip and other imitation whipped cream toppings contain some of the same ingredients as margarine: water, (heart disease-causing) hydrogenated vegetable oil and beta carotene. Other ingredients are high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup, skim milk, light cream, mysterious “natural and artificial flavor,” xanthan and guar gums. You can make a vegan alternative from coconut milk and sugar.

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2:59PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

All really gross as well as unhealthy.

10:14AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

antibiotics and fetal bovine serum are added to muscle cells from a living cow

in what way is this not meat? please pass the greek salad

12:38AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Thanks very much for this.

5:08PM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

All these odd- processed- fake -food- mush make veggies even more appealing.

4:47PM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thanks.

3:17PM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Beware of vegan margarines- they usually contain palm oil, which is killing orangutans via the destruction of rain forests for oil palm plantations!

10:45AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

I kept waiting to read the word Turducken but these were just as gross

10:37AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

What a waste of money,time & effort.Looks yuk, sure it tastes bad. Not practical so why the hype.Crazy.

9:28AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

What a mess we have made of some food stuff!

9:19AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thanks

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