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      28.01.2009 22:14
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      Dairy free spread

      I have been having quite a few issues with dairy products for some time now, at first it was just near my time of month but now it seems I'm having problems with dairy all together. Usually a bad case of nausea after a few hours of consuming dairy products, so maybe I have dairy intolerance or allergy. I have to admit I love my cheese, milk, yogurts etc but now it become unbearable for me to even though I get tempted, go for it and then live to regret it while feeling so poorly afterwards.

      So with my issues with dairy I'm constantly on the look out for what to replace my dairy products with, it has to be near enough the same taste/texture or at least taste so good it can convert me. I came across Pure Soya spread in Tesco while looking for Flora margarine for mum. I was there for a while trying to decide whether to waste money trying it out. I had just become use to Alpro soya milk even though it had its distinctive taste which was nothing like milk and wondered what this would taste like, how well would it spread and most importantly could it live up to my one and only trusty Flora margarine.

      About Pure Soya (information from its label):

      Pure Soya is free from: dairy, GM ingredients, hydrogenated oils, artificial additives, gluten.

      59% Vegetable Fat Spread

      Ingredients: Soya Oil (45%), Water, Vegetable Oils, Salt (0.75%), Soya Protein, Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Vegetable Fatty Acids), Vitamin E, Natural Flavouring, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Colour (Natural Carotenes), Vitamin D as D2, Vitamin B12

      It is suitable to use in cooking and baking.

      On opening the lid of the Pure Soya spread the appearance of the product it self looked the same as the Original Flora margarine, a nice golden yellow colour with no scent. Taking a knife I scraped a bit of the spread, it was not hard like some buttery spreads but soft and easy to load on to the knife. I spreaded it across my slice of bread and it glided with easy, able to cover it without any exerted pressure. Definitely spreads like my trusty Flora but will it taste like it? Taste wise I could not tell the difference between eating Flora margarine and Pure Soya spread as they both tasted the same with that light tasting margarine flavour, not over powering like butter just very subtle. I have tried this on toast and also used it in making flapjacks. I think it's great that it an excellent alternative to dairy and you can just cook and use it normally.

      It normally is around £1.14 but both ASDA and Tesco have it at £1 at the moment, actually much cheaper than Flora which makes a change as usually special diet products usually cost more than normal products.


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        21.06.2008 00:08
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        A brilliant alternative if you want to be healthier.

        Pure Dairy Free Spread is a brilliant alternative to dairy spreads. Its low in fat making it a nutricious and vitamin packed way to cut back on calories if you are looking to.

        Pure Dairy Free Spread comes in a variation of Organic, Original Soya and Sunflower all which are dairy free.

        Pure Dairy Free Soya Spread is free from:
        Dairy, GM Ingredients, Hydogenated Oils, Artificial Additives and Gluton!

        It contains:
        Less than 1% salt, Folic Acid, Omega 3+6, Vitamin D, A, E, B12 and B6,

        This product is also certified by the Soil Association and is suitable for home baking and cooking!

        Nutritional guide for the Soya Original flavour.
        59% Vegetable Fat Spread

        Ingredients: Soya Oil (45%), Water, Vegetable Oils, Salt (0.75%), Soya Protein, Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Vegetable Fatty Acids), Vitamin E, Natural Flavouring, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Colour (Natural Carotenes), Vitamin D as D2, Vitamin B12

        Nutritional Information Per 10g
        Energy 219kJ/53kcal
        Protein Trace
        Carbohydrate Nil
        Of which sugars Nil
        Fat 5.9g
        Of which saturates 1.4g
        Monounsaturates 1.5g
        Polyunsaturates 2.7g
        Omega 3 0.3g
        Omega 6 2.5g
        Trans Trace
        Fibre Nil
        Sodium 0.03g
        Salt 0.08g
        Vitamin A 80μg (10% RDA)
        Vitamin D as D2 0.8μg (16% RDA)
        Vitamin E 38mg (38% RDA)
        Vitamin B6 0.5mg(25% RDA)
        Folic acid 100μg(50% RDA)
        Vitamin B12 0.5μg (50% RDA)

        In general I would recommend this product from a health point of view about 100% but from a flavour point of view I would recommend it 80%


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          24.06.2007 21:24



          Wouldnt buy again

          Pure Dairy Free Soya Spread
          This has 533 calories per 100g, with 59g fat 14g of which are saturates.
          The tub states “a deliciously light tasting spread made with all the goodness of Soya for everyday enjoyment”. It boasts no Hydrogenated oils, no artificial additives, low in saturates and high in polyunsaturates.
          I noticed this in the fridge compartments whilst I was looking for butter. At 73p for a 500g tub, it was good value, whatever the taste really! I like butter because of the taste, and most margarines are pretty tasteless, not to mention the fact that they’re only 1 molecule away from being plastic. This doesn’t taste too bad really, it’s creamy but does have that margarine taste to it. I liked the fact that it spreads straight from the fridge, because with most butters, they’re rock solid for ages after you take them out of the fridge!
          I wouldn’t really go out of my way to buy this again, butter is far more tasty! Although, I will continue to look for a spread that tastes more like butter without all the extra calories!


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          25.09.2005 21:37
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          A must for people with milk allergies.


          Lactose intolerance has many side effects ranging from mild to serious, at the lower end of the scale it’s a nuisance at the top of the scale it’s potentially dangerous, even life-threatening. Lactose is a milk sugar, which can be found in so many products that sufferers need to read every label on every tin, packet and even tablets; it’s even injected into meat products to keep them fresh. I will take a brief moment of your time to discuss the effects on sufferers.
          In its milder form it can cause headaches, migraine, skin rashes, occasional vomiting and diarrhoea especially after consumption of rich dairy products like cream and cheese.
          At the top end of the scale the sufferer hasn’t got the vital enzyme lactase that breaks down lactose in the body so any by-product of dairy foods causes severe gastric disorders as the undigested food ferments in the digestive system causing the body to become dehydrated and to go into spasms. The only prevention is to totally abstain from all foods containing lactose, whey, lactic acid, margarine etc. It may sound bleak but nowadays there are so many products on the market that sufferers can find reasonable alternatives. I’ve had this condition for thirty years now and I’m constantly looking out for products, which make my dietary needs simpler to cope with.

          Pure Soya Margarine.

          In the early years of finding out about my allergy I had to buy margarine from health food shops at ridiculous prices and the taste was appalling but some ten years ago new products started to appear in large supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s. I’m not sure when Pure® first arrived on the shelves but right away I started to use it. The main reason was because the packaging looked fresh and inviting and the price was a lot less than similar brands. Over the years the company, Matthews foods Plc, have sought to improve on their range both in taste, texture and different types of the brand to suit different people. Although I am reviewing Pure with Soya there are alternatives such as organic and Pure with sunflower oil to suit those who cannot or choose not to eat Soya-based products.

          Each brand has their own colour so you can find Pure with Soya by the bright green packaging and the picture of a person freewheeling along on a bicycle. Matthews Foods chose this image to show it was a happy and modern product it also stands out well on a supermarket shelf and even I with my poor eyesight can spot it without putting my reading glasses on. I find packaging descriptions pretty boring reading so I’ll stick to the main points.
          The top of the spread has Pure in bold letters white on the green background. It says dairy free spread and gives the weight at 500g. On one side are the important statements, free from dairy products, genetically modified ingredients, artificial colours and preservatives and gluten free. On the other is: suitable for Vegetarian and vegan, suitable for a low salt diet, added vitamins and the usage, spread, cook and bake.

          On the bottom of the tub is a list of ingredients the nutritional information and the calories. There are also storage instructions and contact details including their website which is a wealth of information to anyone who cannot or chooses not to eat animal products. There is also the sell by date that is at least 6 months long, but since the product can also be frozen there is no worry about running out of a vital part of your diet.

          Appearance and colour

          This is a margarine/butter substitute so don’t expect that lovely buttery colour and smell. It’s a pale yellow in colour and doesn’t have any real smell to it but it looks appetising unlike some other dairy free spreads. It’s also easy to spread but is still firm enough not to sink into bread although it does melt nicely on toast. I’ve used it in baking with good results and also used it for stir-fries and in mashed potatoes. It makes a good base with biscuits for a dairy free cheesecake and tops up a cottage pie with a golden brown colour.

          The Taste test

          The things I do for research purposes! On bread it’s a rather bland taste but since many people don’t like the taste of Soya I can assure you that Soya is not the predominate flavour in this spread. A lot of the blandness comes from the low sodium content 0.3g to 100g. You can add marmite to toast or peanut butter, jam, marmalade etc to add flavour. Okay, here goes, I’ve just put a tiny amount in my mouth and although I can’t say it tasted that nice still it went down easily enough with no lingering after taste. When I make sandwiches I usually add a bit of tomato or cucumber with a sprinkling of salt (great for people on low salt diets as you can indulge a little). Whether it’s due to the Soya I don’t find the taste greasy either.


          I’ve mentioned a few already but the website has an impressive range of recipes to suit all tastes. I use this in every recipe that calls for margarine or butter adjusting the amount by trial and error generally finding it requires the same amount as margarine but needs a touch more for butter. I’ve also found a wide range of other Soya products so can make desserts as well as savoury dishes. If you try to find shop-bought products there are some good ones to be found but who wants to pay about £2 for a chocolate chip cake when you can make it for half the price? Children are the ones who suffer most from lack of variety in their diet so with a bit of patience you can soon master biscuits, pastry, cookies, muffins, even rich fruit cakes.


          Apart from the obvious one of having something to use instead of dairy products did you know that Soya products are cholesterol free, low in fats, help with PMS and menopausal symptoms? Pure® is rich is vitamins A, E, D, D2 and very high in B12 which is good for the nervous system as well as replacing blood loss from heavy periods? For the elderly it compensates for lack of sun (vitamin D) and is gentle on the digestive system. B12 also helps with depression and is a natural source of goodness for pregnant and nursing mothers. It’s a vital part of a Vegetarian and Vegan diet and compensates for a lack of diary products, let’s face it, we all need some fats in our diets and what better than to choose healthy fats?


          Pure is one of the best products on the market and a brand that I’m loyal to. It suits my diet and it helps to add flavour to many dishes. The price can vary from shop to supermarket but I buy mine at Tesco for about 76p per 500g tub. I’m overweight at the moment but since all the fats in Pure® are healthy ones I can indulge in mashed potatoes, enjoy toast and crumpets knowing that my cholesterol is benefiting from the use of Soya. I even have some of friends using this purely for its benefits.

          For more Information visit www.purespreads.com this is main website for Matthews Foods Plc who make and market Pure products.

          Thanks for reading.


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