How is Margarine made?
A lot of thought, a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of good stuff goes into our Flora spreads.
Firstly, the base of Flora is made with oil and water. We then use emulsifiers, such as lecithin, to hold the oil and water together. Next, we use citric acid or lemon juice to keep the margarine fresh, and lastly, we add some salt to enhance the flavour of the other ingredients.
At Flora, we know that eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet is important for you and your family to get the most out of life. A balanced diet should contain a range of different foods, including healthy fats.
Flora contains those healthy fats and provides essential nutrients that your body needs, but can’t produce itself, such as essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6.
Have you noticed some fat spreads are called a margarine and others are called a fat spread? The reason for this is that to be called a margarine the fat spread must contain at least 80% fat. If there is less than 80% fat in the spread then it is called a fat spread. As the producer of a fat spread, we believe it is imperative to make sure we provide the healthiest spread to our consumers. This means that we make sure we give adequate amounts of these essential fats, omega 3 and 6, in every portion of our Flora spreads.
The Flora story
We believe that by spreading healthy lifestyle habits, we can change the world for the better.
There is a simple, single thing we all take for granted. It allows us to enjoy life’s pleasures and to follow our passions, whatever they may be. What we are talking about, of course, is a healthy heart.
Heart disease is threatening the lives and well-being of more and more people in South Africa, and across the world. Known as Africa’s hidden epidemic, 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women in South Africa are at risk of cardiovascular disease before the age of 60.
Flora was developed in the 1960s in direct response to the medical community’s request for a butter alternative. It was created to make the world’s hearts healthier, so that more people can live healthier, more fulfilling lives spent pursuing their passions and goals. First launched into pharmacies, it took two years before it became available in grocery stores.
Over the years, the Flora brand has grown from strength to strength, offering people a variety of heart-healthy spreads that they can enjoy as part of a well-balanced diet. Everything we do as a brand – from new product development to consumer education – is driven by our vision to help more people get the most out of life.
Thanks to the expert blend of seed oils, Flora has the perfect balance of omega 3 & 6 which is essential for good heart health. Flora’s unique recipe ensures there is a mixture of both omega 6 and omega 3 and a low level of saturated fat. To improve your hearts health you should replace saturated fat with polyunsaturated fats (your omega 3 & 6), this could help your LDL cholesterol, which is the cholesterol you want to keep lower as it decreases your risk of coronary heart disease.
Packed with flavour and nutrients, our delicious health spreads are perfect for those wanting to make a significant difference towards leading a healthier and well-balanced lifestyle. In fact, Flora fat spreads have the highest amount of omega 3 and 6 to saturated fat compared to any other spread on the market in South Africa.