Does Tablelands Spreads contain any artificial flavours and colours?
Food additives have been associated with a range of food intolerance symptoms including headaches, gastric irritation, behavioural disorders, learning difficulty and skin rashes and asthma symptoms. Food intolerance symptoms are dose related and children are more susceptible because, dose for body weight, they consume a higher amount of food chemicals than adults. For your family’s health the Tablelands’ range contains no artificial colours and flavours – you can rest assured that you are providing your family a smart health choice.
Is Tablelands range Free From?
To make sure our spread is the right choice for your family, sometimes it’s what you don’t add that’s just as important as what you add. Our Tablelands’ ranges are made from plant seed and do not include any added gluten, eggs, yeast, or nuts*. *Please be aware that our products are made in a manufacturing site that may produce these products and raw materials
Are your Tablelands spreads suitable for lactose intolerant consumers vegans, vegetarians or lactose intolerant consumers?
Tablelands spreads has been especially formulated to be vegetarian and our Tablelands Dairy Free is lactose free and is suitable for both vegetarian and vegans.
Are Tablelands spreads a good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids?
When it comes to fat, there’s one type you don’t want to cut back on: omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3's are essential fatty acids, but the body doesn't produce them. That's why it's important to get omega-3 fatty acids from food or from supplements. ALA, one type of omega-3, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds, including flaxseed, canola oil, walnuts and soybeans. Spreading Tablelands on your toast or sandwiches can provide you and your family with a daily source of omega-3.
Butter vs Margarine / Spreads - which is better for me?
Leading health authorities have told us over the years that we are consuming too much of the unhealthier, saturated fats in our diets. Saturated fats raise your LDLs ('bad' cholesterol) levels increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the Heart Foundation, saturated fats increase the risk of heart disease. Butter is around 50% saturated fat while most plant based vegetable spreads have a saturated fat level below 20%, making butter an unhealthier saturated fat choice over spreads. The Heart Foundation recommends replacing butter with a spread (which has healthier poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats), as an easy way to lower your intake of saturated fat. Healthy eating includes replacing unhealthier, saturated fats found in foods such as full fat dairy and butter, with healthier unsaturated fats, which are found in plant seed spreads and oils, and choosing reduced or no fat dairy.
Is margarine spreads full of trans fats?
Trans fats are considered ‘bad fats’. Trans fats are created by a process called hydrogenation -used to convert liquid oils into the solid fat and to get the right consistency in a spread. Trans fats raise 'bad' cholesterol and also lower levels of our 'good' heart protective cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease.
Due to advances in food technology, Tablelands plant seed spreads are now virtually free of trans fat and have some of the lowest levels of trans fat in the world and significantly less trans fat than butter.
Can Tablelands Spreads lower cholesterol?
There are foods that can naturally help lower cholesterol, such as polyunsaturated oil (for example, sunflower oil) and oats and legumes. Another effective way to reduce cholesterol via diet is to consume plant sterols. Plant sterols are natural compounds found in everyday foods like vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds, fruit and vegetables. However, they naturally occur in quantities too small to lower cholesterol levels. One of the most effective dietary changes for lowering LDL-cholesterol levels (1) is to add plant sterols to your diet.(2)
Studies show that consuming 2 to 2.5g* of plant sterols found in just 25g of plant sterol-based spreads can lower LDL-cholesterol by up to 15% when combined with moving to a healthy diet and lifestyle. For instance, the Tablelands Reduce Cholesterol spread has added plant sterols which work on actively reducing your cholesterol re-absorption. Recommended amount: 2 to 2.5g of plant sterols a day is the optimum amount for cholesterol lowering. You can get this amount from 25g of the Tablelands Reduce Cholesterol Spread daily.
*Plant sterols can significantly lower cholesterol. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) independently reviewed the evidence for sterols/stanols and agreed that consumption of sterols significantly reduces LDL cholesterol. Over 190 studies have proven that plant sterols and plant stanols significantly lower cholesterol. 1. Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Dietetic Products Nutrition and Allergies on a request from Unilever PLC/NV on Plant Sterols and lower/reduced blood cholesterol reduced the risk of (coronary) heart disease. The EFSA Journal (2008) 781, 1-12 2. Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Dietetic Products Nutrition and Allergies on a request from the European Commission and a similar request from France in relation to the authorisation procedure for health claims on plant sterols/stanols and lowering/reducing blood LDL-cholesterol pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. The EFSA Journal (2009) 1175, 1-9
What are Good Fats vs Bad Fats?
Good Fats - Unsaturated fats - monounsaturated (e.g. those found in olive and canola oil, nuts and lean meats) and polyunsaturated fats (e.g. those found in seafood such as salmon, linseeds, walnuts and green vegetables) are considered ‘good’ because these fats tend to lower 'bad' blood cholesterol.
Bad Fats - Saturated fats are considered ‘bad’ because overconsumption of them can contribute to the risk of heart disease by raising 'bad' blood cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. These fats are commonly found in many fast foods, in biscuits and pastries, and in dairy products. It is important to replace saturated fats in your diet with either mono-unsaturated or poly-unsaturated fats whenever possible. For example, replacing butter with vegetable spreads such as olive or canola spreads.