Picking up butter or a margarine spread for your bread is something we do every day, but do you know which spread is healthy for your heart?
Let’s just start by differentiating between margarine and butter first. Yes! There’s a difference. Margarine is made from vegetable oils. This means it contains unsaturated ‘good’ fats, which are very helpful in reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or ‘bad’ cholesterol when substituted for saturated fat. Butter is made from animal fat, making it contain more saturated fat.
As part of celebrating Heart Awareness Month, I visited the Flora Blend Bar at The Zone @Rosebank in Johannesburg, which was open from 18 August to 25 September 2016, to understand more about margarine and also learn how to make it. The bar celebrated the facts behind heart-healthy spreads such as Flora by exploring the masterful transformation of plant and seed oils into margarine.
It was an educational and entertaining journey, where I got first-hand experience in using a blend of sunflower seeds, canola seeds and linseeds and other ingredients to make a spread. This, of course, was to also help me make informed decisions for a healthy diet.
The video shows you how to make margarine the same way Flora does, with its plant and seed oils and their vegetable fats.