There seems no end to the conspiracy against healthy eating in the modern world, even by quasi-official associations -- such as the Heart Foundation of Australia -- who should know better. Putting aside the potential ethical conflicts or outright conflicts of interest in the HFA’s current Mums United campaign to endorse margarine, their contention that this industrial product is healthier than butter is simply scientifically unfounded.

Since the early 1970s when more or less simultaneously, (1) margarine was being heavily promoted to displace butter in our diets, (2) I began biochemistry studies at university and (3) I began to do my own food shopping, I soon vowed to never willingly eat margarine, and certainly never to buy it. The following decades have done nothing to dissuade me from this policy, not least a decade living in France (more below).