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Flora Extra Light Margarine

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Brand: Flora / Type: Margarine

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      08.02.2012 14:04
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      A worthwhile switch to make your diet healthier

      I've been using this margarine for a long time now, after switching to it in one of my healthy eating spells. I'm not good at dieting, and I find the best way of managing my weight is to make small changes like buying reduced fat versions of things, and saving a few calories that way, rather than banning items of food which I think leads to a bit of a negative relationship with food. Anyway, this spread has served me well, and I see no reason to change it. Especially when you look at the facts and figures compared to the full fat versions on the market. The main selling point of this margarine is that it contains less fat than most spreads, with a 10g serving containing just 19 calories. It contains Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids which replace the saturated fats we all know are so bad for us. I usually buy this in big tubs as we get through a fair bit in our house. It costs around £2 for 500g tub, but obviously this depends where you buy it and whether it's on offer or not. The packaging is slightly different to the one pictured above, it's now blue in colour. But nobody really cares about the colour of their margarine tub really. The tub is standard with a plastic lid and foil cover to keep the margarine fresh when you first open it. I usually discard the foil layer once it's open, and I've had no issues with the margarine not being fresh. As for the taste....well in all honesty, I rarely notice any difference in margarines. At the end of the day, they're not butter, so they all blend into one in my opinion. I rarely have margarine on something which doesn't then go on to be covered with another item of food, so I don't really taste this margarine in its own right. I tend to use it on sandwiches or if I'm having something on toast (jam, beans, peanut butter), so the margarine isn't the overriding taste. That said, when I do rarely have toast just with margarine, it tastes like any other margarine, and I don't feel like I'm missing out because it contains less fat. The only downside of this margarine is the consistency. I find it a little difficult to spread sometimes, and it doesn't melt brilliantly. Usually, when you spread margarine onto hot toast, it melts fairly quickly, but with this one it can leave lumps which don't melt. I find the solution is to spread it more thinly than I normally would, or you can spread it for longer until the lumps melt into the toast. This also applies to sandwiches, you only need a thin layer otherwise you'll have big thick lumps of margarine overtaking your buttie. I only really use this to avoid my sandwiches being too dry, so I only apply a thin layer. Overall, I see no reason to stop using this margarine, and it's an easy change to make which can make a real difference to your diet. This is why I always buy this margarine, and it's one of the few items I'm loyal to regardless of whether it's on offer or not.

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        30.05.2010 19:22
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        A great spread for those wanting to lose weight.

        I have been buying this product for over a year now in my continued quest to lose the extra inches! This was by far the lowest calorie spread I could find and it is still the case. It contains just 19 calories and 0.5 grams of saturated fat per 10g, which is a lot less than other 'low' fat spreads. The taste is pretty neutral really, I just use it to add some moistness to my toast or a jacket potato. It is not bad tasting but obviously can't compare to real butter!!! I find it is less greasy than other spreads too which I like. It has a pretty high water content and not much fat so I have found it is not good for coating boiled potatoes as it doesn't stick to them, it just splits. But it is fine in mashed potato or in a jacket potato if it is mushed in - it adds that all important moisture and makes it richer. You can't use it for cooking/baking either due to the low fat content, but it's perfect for a sandwich or toast. It costs around £1.30 for a 500g tub from my local supermarket. You can only get it in this size which is ok but I would prefer it to come in the smaller size like the other Floras do - a tub lasts me for absolutely ages!

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        16.04.2010 21:37
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        I only buy this, unless I'm cooking

        Flora is a well known, household name in the UK. They make butter-substitute spreads and now have a large variety of different types of spreads, all significantly lower in saturated fat than real butter. Flora lighter than light is one of their newer products, but has been around for quite a few years now and is very popular. My family has a strong history of heart disease and weight problems. Due to this I try to buy products that are low in fat or reduced fat and rarely ever buy full fat products unless I have no choice, or for a treat. A couple of years ago I joined weight watchers and for those of you who don't know about it they work out points based on the fat and calories of food. Through this system I started to finds that some foods were so high in fats that they really weren't worth having because they took up a lot of my points for the day. One of the main things that took up a lot of my points was the reduced fat spread I was using for sandwiches. I don't spread it really thick on bread, but I do need a fair bit and this took up more points each day than I wanted. In the end I went out shopping to try my best to find a lower fat/point spread that I could use. I went and spent quite a while in the supermarket reading all of the products packaging and working out the fat content and what points value it would have. You would surprised at how many so called 'low fat' spread are actually quite high in saturated fat. They get away with saying low fat because they are lower in fat than the full fat version, which doesn't make them low fat, but just lower fat, which is a real play on words and quite dishonest. After searching and comparing I finally found flora lighter than light, it was then called Flora extra light, but they recently changed the name, I have no idea why. It has just 19 calories per 10g serving and only 0.5g of saturated fat, which is far lower than others I could find. It is actually 69% lower in fat than Flora's original spread, which is a significant difference. Having found this spread that was so low in fat, I assumed that it would taste dreadful or have no taste to it at all. Obviously, it does not taste as good as butter, but I am pleased to say that it does have a very pleasant taste, although it is quite a mild flavour. This doesn't bother me at all because I mainly use it for sandwiches and wouldn't taste it anyway. Flora lighter than light comes in a lilac tub and has the Flora branding on the top and sides. It is quite easy to find because if you really look at all the butters and spreads, for some reason, most seem to be packaged in either white or yellow, so lilac really sticks out. It comes in a 500g only, which is a real pain for me, I wish they would do it in a bigger pack for better value like they do with the Flora light. A tub costs roughly £1.30, which is quite expensive compared to other but we all know you have to pay a premium for low fat products. A tub of this lasts me between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on what I eat, but I would still prefer to be able to buy a bigger pack and get better value. This product never seems to go on offer anywhere. I have looked and every time I go shopping I check. They put other Flora spreads on offer, but never this one. I will warn you, if you switch straight from butter to this, you would notice a real difference and probably find it tasteless. I haven't been able to eat butter for a while now, so I am used to it and find the taste is pretty god. Like I said, mild but pleasant. It is like a watered down taste of butter. If you are changing straight from butter, I would suggest working your way down and maybe start with another Flora product like Flora buttery or Original. Sadly Flora light is not suitable for cooking or baking and can't be used for frying or frozen. This is because the fat content is too low for these things. If you want to do these things you will need a higher fat spread like stork.

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        12.04.2010 10:36
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        Wasn't impressed with this, I won't be buying it.

        FLORA LIGHT - We stayed at our friends house this weekend and I was helping make the breakfast (beans on toast) and they had this spread, so I thought I would review it, as I didn't really like it. I had the job of spreading this on the toast, and the first thing I noticed was the consistency, it's a very pale yellow colour, and spreading it is quite difficult, it's hard to describe but it felt very thin, and looked pretty disgusting to be honest. It didn't melt into the toast either. We had brown bread, so it might be different on white but as it didn't soak in, it didn't soften the toast much at all. The taste of this was pretty vile too, I usually have clover, which I know doesn't have the health benefits of something like this, but it certainly tastes a lot better. There is virtually no taste to this, so I sort of found it useless. It doesn't taste of anything and doesn't soften toast, it's pointless having on your toast. I think maybe this would be good for cooking as it's lighter than other spreads, but for sandwiches or toast, I wouldn't bother with it to be honest. The price for a 500g tub is £1.28, and it did say on the tub suitable for vegetarians. I didn't read all the nutritional info, but I assume that as it's called light, it has a lot less fat in than other spreads, and I imagine there is less salt in it because you can't taste any, but if you are trying to count calories or be a bit healthier this is no better than having no butter or margarine at all, as it tastes of nothing and doesn't soften the bread, so I wouldn't recommend it. Might be ok for cooking but that is all I would say it is good for.

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          07.11.2009 09:12

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          I praise the flora gods every time I use this little gem if a productIt think it's fantastic that flora has managed a product that does not compromise on taste for the reduction in calorific valueswith only 20kcal per 10g serving, you can't go wrong. It's the lowest fast spread out there, and is so much better for you than butter and other reducded fat sreads e.g I can't believe it's not butterIt's not too pricy either, if you health consious, go for it!

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          29.08.2009 01:21
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          But i use it sparingly..

          FLORA LIGHT. Flora Light spread, is made with seed oils and is rich in heart healthy omega 3 and 6. Costing approximately 220p, i actually liked the idea of buying this spread because it is supposed to be healthy for you. Calories : 35 per two percent. Sugars : trace one percent. Fat : five percent. Saturates: 0.9g per five percent. Salt : o.1g, per two percent. Flora is a light spread that i use mainly on toast or in a sandwich to try and promote a healthy sandwich. Comes in a 250 g container. Ingredients : water, vegtable oils, seed oils 80 percent, modified tapioca starch and salt (1.3 percent). Buttermilk, Emulsfier. mono and diglycerides of fatty acids, sunflower lecithin, preservative, potassium sorbate, citric acid, VITAMINS A< D< and B12, B6, flavouring, colour, beta carotene, folic acid. Quite a list but most of these sound quite good for you. Flora is suitable for vegetarians. Being a lighter spread thats why i buy it, plus i actually think that not only is it healthy for you, it also tastes nice too. because this is vegtable low fat spread, i think that it is great to have on your toast, i dont personally eat too much butter, not only because it is not to good for you, but also i wanted to try the healthier option and it was nice and i enjoyed the taste. Yes i will be buying this spread again, and i think it is good value for money as you dont have to use too much of this on your bread. Keep this in the refridgerator and use by the best before date written on the lid. I like the picture on the lid of what i call the flora man, its a man made out of seeds with a little chefs hat on, and a picture of a heart drawn on his body. Flora is my healthy choice to spread on my toast in the mornings. Anything containing seed oils has to be good. Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x.

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          10.06.2009 20:27
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          A really good purchase if you want to cut out some calories and fat.

          I am quite prepared to stand corrected, but I think this spread is the lowest fat spread available. It is certainly the lowest fat I have ever found, and I have spent years scouring for low fat versions of everything. A 10g serving of Flora Extra Light contains 19 calories and 1.8g of fat (0.5 g saturates) that's only 18% fat. This really is a bonus if you are watching your weight. Flora Extra Light is distinguishable from the other varieties of flora spread as it is packaged in a mauve tub. A 500g tub will cost you around £2.25. There are a couple of things to point out. First of all this spread is somewhat different to other low fat spreads I have used, probably because it is even lower in fat. It has a very high water content, this is how they cut down on the fat, water is in fact the first ingredient on the list of ingredients on the pack. You cannot use this spread for baking, frying or freezing. It just doesn't work because of the water content. You can use it for spreading, that's all. Also, please don't automatically think it's vegetarian because it's made with seed oils...it isn't! It contains gelatine (from pork.) I'm not going to tell you that this spread is as nice as butter, or as good as other low fat spreads I have tried, because it isn't. However, it is very low in fat and if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight you are probably prepared to give a little on taste. It doesn't taste bad, and the texture is similar to other spreads. I always eat it with marmite or low sugar jam. To describe it's taste I would say it is a bit synthetic tasting, I cannot eat it on it's own. This still gets 5 stars from me because for a very low fat spread flora have done a great job. Please just remember it's not meant to taste just like butter!

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            01.05.2009 23:10
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            A good low fat spread

            Flora Extra Light Spread.......... This low fat margarine has got to be the slimmers choice of butter substitute. This is because it is so low in fat and calories that I do believe it is the lowest fat spread on the market! I have been using this spread (when there is nothing else on special offer) for quite some time now due to the fact that they seem to have discontinue St Ivel Gold which is something I have used for many years. To be honest however I can't say I see that much difference when using this spread, The Flora Extra Light as with all the Flora margarine comes within a oblong type container with a lid that is easily popped on and off. The colour of the margarine is a little paler than that of Flora Butterly but it does still have a slightly golden tinge to it. There is not really much of a smell that comes off the margarine but to look at it does look rather oily. Spreading the Flora Extra Light on bread is so very easy and there is really not much chance of tearing the bread because the Flora spreads so easily and is so very soft. Again you can see the fact that it is rather oily when applying to bread. Flora Extra Light also spreads very nicely on toast and melts very quickly if the toast is warm. The taste of the Flora Extra Light is really so very far away from the taste of real butter it is untrue. Yes it does have a slightly creamy taste and its quite nice but I really wouldn't compare it to real butter it is much more a spread that makes toast and bread less dry! Butter itself is something that is wonderfully rich and creamy which is why it is so bad for you. So by reason the fact that this Flora Extra Light is only 0.5g of saturated fat (compared to 5.4g sat fat in butter) it has got to be a long way off the taste too. I do find using this Flora Extra Light okay. I think for people who are watching their fat and calorie intake it is a rather clever way to cut down without noticing too much. The taste is not offensive and quite pleasant although I feel you just can't beat butter on a slice of toast! For the majority of the time I use this spread because of the fact it is so low in calories and fat. I think for the rare occasions I will have proper butter (and thoroughly enjoy it) but I am happy to use this product for the majority of the time. I think this is a four star product and one that deserves a recommendation. Its really not comparable to butter but it is good for you and tastes nice. Many thanks for taking the time to read. I hope this has been of some help to you

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