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Margarine: a supplement may be decisive
  1. M Wjst
  1. Dr M Wjst, GSF-Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Ingolstädter Landstrasse 1, Neuherberg/Munich, Germany; wjst{at}gsf.de

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A recent study in Thorax described margarine intake as a risk factor for allergic diseases (Thorax 2007;62:677–83). This association has now been replicated in about 10 studies, but without any convincing explanation.1 Margarine is the only food factor to date that is associated with allergic diseases without provoking any direct allergic reaction.

Margarine was invented by the French chemist Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès at the demand of emperor Napoleon IIIrd 1869 as a cheap replacement …

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