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Margarine Isn’t Plastic

A surprisingly pervasive chemistry myth has been popping up for over two decades now. The unsourced claim is typically that margarine is “one molecule away from plastic” or “one molecule away from formaldyhyde”. It is not clear where this false claim originated, but it often pops up on social media or by self-proclaimed “nutritionists.” Recently, British celebrity chef James Martin repeated the falsehood as “two elements away from plastic.”

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