Dieticians Want Ban on Margarine Sales in Bulgaria
Dieticians want the sale of margarine in Bulgaria to be banned.
According to Dr. Svetoslav Handzhiev, head of the Bulgarian Association for the Study of Obesity and Related Illnesses, the reason for this demand are the trans-fatty acids, which the margarine contains.
Experts from the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency say that the continuous consumption of margarine is potentially harmful, as the trans-fats are hard to digest and encumber the body's metabolism, which can cause various illnesses.
Margarine is very popular in Bulgaria, thanks to its low price, compared to butter, and is widely advertised as good for children and preventing heart disease.
Recently the US Food and Drug Administration ruled that the hydrogenated oils, such as margarine, are no longer considered safe for consumption.
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This is either bad science or bad reporting, I’m not sure which. The FDA did not rule that all margarine is unsafe for consumption. It ruled that stick, i.e. hard, margarine is unsafe for consumption. Further, the FDA recommended that consumers switch to soft, i.e. tub, margarine. You can read this for yourself on the FDA’s website: