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[Product Review] Flora Lighter Than Light Spread

7th April 2010

Flora’s “Lighter Than Light”

Product Review:

Flora’s Lighter Than Light spread.

Touted as “the lowest fat spread” currently on the market, I was actually looking for something cheap that I could chuck on a sandwich underneath all the tuna and extra-light mayonnaise I was planning on eating.

(Tuna and extra-light mayonnaise is a favourite sandwich of mine. Especially if you chuck on a load of lettuce and tomato and onion. But lettuce seems to be lacking in this house of late. I’ll need to throw that onto the Big Shopping List for this week. Good to fill up on at lunchtime when I get bored of tomato soup.)

See, I can’t just have bread and tuna/mayo and salad. There has to be something between the bread and the tuna/mayo concoction, I’m not entirely sure why.

But when it comes to margarine, there’s such a huge bloody selection, I’m never sure which to choose. Mum uses Bertolli with Olive Oil. I’m not too keen on the taste. (There was an Olive Oil margarine we used in Ireland that I quite liked, but you can’t buy it here. And it wasn’t low fat. Suck. Anyway, I digress.) So when I was in ASDA getting my own shopping last week, I thought, “Bollocks, I need to buy my own margarine.”

Have you ever been in the margarine section in a supermarket? There are more choices in margarine than there are in milk. And in cheese. There’s more choices in margarine than in chocolate!

Olive oil! Heart-healthy! Lower your cholesterol by using this margarine! Full-fat! Low-fat! Normal! STORK (Stork reminds me of my Granny King. Stork on Plain bread.). Oh, my GOD, how would I choose?

Well, it would have to be low fat. Because after the debacle with the Perle de lait yoghurts (never again! SO MUCH FAT! Just so y’all know, I didn’t even eat them all. I threw most of them out.) I am done with reviewing high-fat/non-diet products. This is a weight-loss blog, after all.

And my eye landed on “Flora Lighter Than Light”.

(The packaging has it branded as “Flora Lighter Than Light”, but the website also calls it “Flora Extra Light”. Huh.)

It is, as I mentioned at the top of the review, apparently the lowest fat margarine on the market. It’s also pretty decently priced. It’s not like I go through a lot of margarine or anything, so I chucked it in my trolley, got my shopping home, and it sat in my wee fridge until last Monday, wherein I had my first sandwich in forever.

What I made was nummy: Hovis Seed Sensations Light And Nutty (three slices! 5 Points!) and the Flora Extra Light on both sides of the middle slice, and the inside of the two outside slices – like a club sandwich but lacking the lettuce – and tuna/mayo and tomatoes as the filling.

Double-decker deliciousness.

Now, the Flora Extra Light was amazing. You could taste it, but it wasn’t overpowering. I put a lot of margarine on my sandwich SO that I could taste it, and because I do like a lot of margarine on my sandwiches – especially my tuna sandwiches – and it was just.

It was smooth, and it was tasty, and you would not think that it was low fat. It was every bit as tasty as the full-fat Olive Oil margarine we’d been using in Ireland (without the Olive Oil flavour, obviously, I wouldn’t want y’all to be buying it expecting Olive Oil flavours from it). But it was very, very surprising!

Suffice to say that I’ve had a sandwich yesterday and today and I’ve used the spread since then and it’s still tasty.

And it’s seriously SERIOUSLY low fat.

Per 3 tsps, it’s… er. 0 Points. Yeah, for the 5tsps I used on my double-decker sandwich, it was… 0.5 Points.


(Told you I used a lot of margarine on my tuna sandwiches.)

Per 15g serving (3tsp): Calories (kcal) 19; Sugars (g) Trace; Fat (g) 1.8; Saturates (g) 0.5; Salt (g) (based on sodium) 0.1.


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