Compiled by Anslema Aimable
Did you know margarine was invented as a substitute for butter not for health reasons, but for economic reasons?
When Napoleon lll of France was faced with a butter shortage in 1868, he launched a contest to see if a suitable imitation could be created.
The winner was Hippolyte Merge-Mouries, who combined a small amount of butter for flavor and for texture, milk, melted tallow and vegetable oils. The latter was the main ingredient, for now virtually all margarine is made almost exclusively from vegetable oil.
It is produced by blending oil and water and blending it to such an extent that it acquires the consistency of butter.
Still it is not necessary healthier, it contains just as much fat as butter. Recent studies suggest its cholesterol benefits are false.
Source: 101 Inventions that Changed the World by Joshua Coltrane – 1995
This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]