Low Fat Spreads - Tried and Tasted

Whilst seeking out the latest low fat products it’s very easy to overlook the little everyday items that can take a big chunk of your calorie quota. Spreads is one of those things. The very nature of it means it’s high in fat and, as we know, fat is high in calories.

We have checked out the lower fat, healthier and dairy free options from all of the supermarkets to help you choose the right spread for you.

Each list is in order of highest stars, followed by calories per 10g serving so you can see which one is the cream of the crop. We've chosen 10g as a serving so it makes it easier to work any size serving out. Just divide the cals by 10 and then multiply by the number of grams you want to have.

 

~ The Best: Top Rated Low Fat Spreads ~

 

Utterly Butterly Lightly Spread

Utterly Butterly Lightly Spread

With less saturated fat than butter, this reduced fat spread has a delicious, creamy, buttery taste and a good texture.

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Customer Reviews

We searched everywhere for a written review of this product but couldn't find one. It did, however, get 5 stars at Morrisons. You can see the product here: Morrisons

 

ASDA Spreadable with Real Butter Light

ASDA Spreadable with Real Butter Light

A tasty alternative, with an excellent texture that spreads well. It has a great taste and you can’t tell that its own brand.

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Customer Reviews

"We all know what this is the cheaper version of 'wink wink' and it’s just as good." Anon review on ASDA

"Tastes nicer than the bigger brands and cheaper. The light version tastes better than the full fat version. Creamy and perfect amount of saltiness." Anon review on ASDA

 

Country Life British Lighter Spreadable

Country Life British Lighter Spreadable

This butter spreads well, even when chilled, and tastes just like ordinary butter. It has a good texture to it and makes a smashing sandwich.

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Customer Reviews

"I prefer this to actual butter. It tastes just like butter but is less fat and fewer calories. I have also used it for cooking and I find it far superior in every way to any other light spread." RosinaFrances in a review on Morrisons

"More butter than oil. Creamy and smooth. Lower in fat. What is not to like!" Harvey_S in a review on Morrisons

 

Clover Lighter Spread

Clover Lighter Spread

This spreads straight from the fridge, and has a great buttery taste to it. It is a perfect alternative for anyone who enjoys the taste of traditional butter.

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Customer Reviews

"It is very good value as I always stock up when it is on offer. The taste is really good with a little hint of salt. I use it for spreading on bread, frying and baking. The reduction of saturated fat is reassuring also." Anon review on Tesco

"I buy this whenever it’s on offer, the tastiest diet butter on the market." Anon review on Tesco

 

Tesco Reduced Fat Butterpak Spreadable

Tesco Reduced Fat Butterpak Spreadable

Good value for money, this spread has a good taste and spreads reasonably well. It may be worth getting it out of the fridge a little in advance – but it’ll be worth the wait.

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Customer Reviews

"Switched to this product from Lurpak, we hardly notice the difference (except the price). Will not be switching back!" Anon review on Tesco

"This spread is soo good. Creamy taste and great from the fridge. Always get this now." Anon review on Tesco

 

Lurpak Lighter Slightly Salted Spreadable

Lurpak Lighter Slightly Salted Spreadable

Creamy and spreadable, this slightly salty butter has a perfect taste and texture, and will work on any toast, toastie or crumpet.

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Customer Reviews

"Very good for my husband who is on low fat foods." Anon review on Tesco

"This is the only butter I use now and only the lighter version. It tastes so much nicer than the artificial spreads and great for cooking and baking too. It spreads well and always stays soft and smooth without making holes in the bread." Anon review on Tesco

 

Anchor Lighter Spreadable

Anchor Lighter Spreadable

A well-known brand, but healthier. This spread has a great rich and creamy taste, plus it spreads well, even when chilled.

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Customer Reviews

"This product is excellent value for money. It has a rich creamy taste and spreads easily, straight from the fridge." Anon review on Tesco

"We buy this butter every time we shop. No one call tell the difference." Anon review on Tesco

 

Flora Light Spread

Flora Light Spread

Great for anyone who likes a lot of butter, this is cheaper than some alternatives but without losing any of that gorgeous buttery taste.

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Customer Reviews

"I found this light version just as good as the original in taste and look. You can't tell that it's healthier for you and still works well in recipes and food products." Anon review on Tesco

"Still the same old reliable work horse but healthier, what is not to like? Great value, tastes fab,..never a fight to spread so my bread doesn't have palpitations when it sees a chunk heading its way." Anon review on Tesco

 

Sainsbury's Buttersoft Lighter Spread

Sainsbury's Buttersoft Lighter Spread

Great value for money, this is very good and spreadable. It tastes very buttery and has a good texture.

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Customer Reviews

"As a spreadable butter this is really good. Not spreadable straight from the fridge but it only needs a few seconds to soften on the bread." Dinger3000 in a review on Sainsburys

" I thought this was delicious. Tastes very buttery and easy to spread (even from fridge)." SarahG in a review on Sainsburys

~ OK: Medium Rated Low Fat Spreads ~

 

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light Spread

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light Spread

Excellent taste but, it is easy to tell that this is a healthy alternative – the texture is okay, spreadable, but not as close to butter as other options.

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Customer Reviews

"One of the best 'diet' butter type spreads. Excellent taste - and I've tried them all." Anon review on Tesco

 

Morrisons Spreadable Reduced Fat

Morrisons Spreadable Reduced Fat

A spread with good texture and taste, but nothing to shout about. It has everything needed for a sandwich or for recipes. Maybe not the best option for toast or crumpets.

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Customer Reviews

"Tastes the same as lurpak to me and my family, lovely." Rap1389 in a review on Morrisons

"My fussy partner who would only ever have lurpack couldn't taste the difference. Only ever buy this one now, excellent product and great price." AngieB in a review on Morrisons

 

Tesco Buttery Spread 30% Less Fat

Tesco Buttery Spread 30% Less Fat

This spread separates when out of the fridge for too long, and has a bit of an odd taste to it. Texture wise the spread is okay, and would do best as a light coating in sandwiches.

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Customer Reviews

"It's a great product, it works well on things such as sandwiches and is also a good alternative to oil if you want to quickly fry some veggies." Anon review on Tesco

"Calorie count nice and low ... tastes OK ... spreads well ... BUT separates and curdles badly if allowed to get to room temp, then won't go back. Not worth the low cost and calories." Anon review on Tesco

~ The Worst: Bottom Rated Low Fat Spreads ~

 

Stockwell & Co. Soft Spread

Stockwell & Co. Soft Spread

A good value spread, this has a nice taste to it, despite its very yellow appearance! The texture is reasonable, and it works well on breakfast goods and sandwiches.

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Customer Reviews

"Great product, really love this spread...bread, toast, crumpets! Really good price too." Anon review on Tesco

"I thought I'd give it a try and it was ideal for sandwiches. I usually buy butter to spread on toast but as my daughter is vegan, she's really happy with this and apparently, it's better for my cholesterol level." Anon review on Tesco

 

Nordpak Spreadable Lighter

Nordpak Spreadable Lighter

The new recipe has changed a lot about the way this spread tastes – it now tastes less buttery and a little more artificial. However, it spreads well and still has the same good texture.

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Customer Reviews

"Have bought Norfolk for years and always enjoyed it's buttery taste. Alas no longer, now tastes like margarine!" Jackie 48 in a review on Aldi

"Lighter, as it says on the box, but still with a buttery taste. I buy it all the time. Won't have any other!" Terryb in a review on Aldi

 

~ Unrated Low Fat Spreads ~

Greenvale Beautifully Buttery Light

Greenvale Beautifully Buttery Light

This cheap alternative has a good creamy taste and texture, but it can be a little bit artificial-tasting if spread too thickly.

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Customer Reviews

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~ The Best: Top Rated Olive Spreads ~

 

Bertolli Light Spread

Bertolli Light Spread

This olive oil-based spread has a healthy taste and great texture. It’s perfect for any spreading needs.

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Customer Reviews

"Its beautiful! Ive always been fussy when it comes to spread, and was dubious on this... but been using it almost daily (even made fairy cakes!) and I must say its the tastiest, softest I've come across." Anon review on Aldi

"Me and my wife really enjoyed the taste of this, we found that it didn't taste oily like some other spreads and the fact that the fat content is so low is a bonus!" Anon review on Aldi

 

Essential Olive Spread

Essential Olive Spread

This spread has a subtle taste and manages not to overpower the taste of whatever its spread on. It works well in cakes and recipes too.

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Customer Reviews

"It's simply the best top quality great for fresh bread." Mandink in a review on Waitrose

"The taste is great. It is as good as butter with way less calories." MaryamK in a review on Waitrose

 

Sainsbury's Olive Lighter Spread

Sainsbury's Olive Lighter Spread

This is soft, spreadable and has a great taste, although it is very different from butter so would not work as an alternative for that. That said, it is an excellent spread.

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Customer Reviews

"We love it. It’s tasty greatness." Cris in a review on Sainsburys

"A mild taste that doesn't mask delicate flavours makes this an excellent choice for sandwiches and/or crackers. With olive oil, and reduced calories, this is a healthy choice too. As expected, it spreads easily straight from the fridge, and comes with a good use-by date." Veggiegeek in a review on Sainsburys

 

Morrisons Olive Spread

Morrisons Olive Spread

With 75% less saturated fat than butter, this is a healthy alternative for anyone who likes sandwiches, toast, or crumpets. It spreads well, with a soft texture, and tastes subtle but nice.

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Customer Reviews

"I have to admit that I was wary of ordering this spread (from past experience some economy spreads are okay and some are just awful - it's a bit of a lucky dip in that respect) Fortunately for me I found this to be every bit as good and tasty as the premium well known olive spreads." Appraiser in a review on Morrisons

"I normally buy branded butters and spreads but for the price thought I would give this a try and was pleasantly surprised!" Jbiz in a review on Morrisons

~ OK: Medium Rated Olive Spreads ~

 

Flora Pro Activ Olive Oil Spread

Flora Pro Activ Olive Oil Spread

This product has a great texture, and lots of taste. It has a similar taste to butter and is great for anyone looking to swap out butter for something new.

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Customer Reviews

"Really helps with keeping Cholesterol under control, expensive but worth the cost." Anon review on Tesco

 

Pure Dairy Free Olive Spread

Pure Dairy Free Olive Spread

This is a vegan alternative to butter, and tastes very similar! It’s texture is great and creamy, despite being dairy free.

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Customer Reviews

"Having recently gone vegan, I tried it on a bun with my home made vegan stew. It's lovely! The closest thing to ' real' butter I've tried. Good texture, great taste and creamy too. Without the dairy factor! Beautiful!" Anon review on Tesco

~ The Worst: Bottom Rated Olive Spreads ~

 

Sainsbury's Olive Spread

Sainsbury's Olive Spread

This spread smells like margarine, but tastes very different. It is not great to spread, but has a good taste and nice texture.

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Customer Reviews

"On the plus side this does have a reasonable amount of olive oil in it, but the minus side is the softness of the spread. It's like spreading half melted ice cream on my toast and I am worried that if I leave it out for more than ten minutes on a warm day it will turn to liquid." Dripfour in a review on Sainsburys

"So much better than the most expensive spreads." AR1998 in a review on Sainsburys

 

Tesco Light Olive Spread

Tesco Light Olive Spread

A lovely, soft spread that is value for money, this is a good alternative for breakfast goods and sandwiches. Plus, it spreads well straight from the fridge.

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Customer Reviews

"I think that as far as spreads go, this isn't bad at all. The flavour isn't ever going to be as good as real butter, but it at least spreads better than real butter." Anon review on Tesco

"Awful, runny even when straight from fridge." Anon review on Tesco

 

ASDA Olive Spread

ASDA Olive Spread

This is easy to spread, but can be a little too soft. It has a nice taste, although a little lacking in texture and it doesn’t melt well either, making it not ideal for things like crumpets.

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Customer Reviews

"Good quality product." Anon review on ASDA

"Since the latest recipe change a few months ago to include "buttermilk" it is now vile. The tub of margarine is constantly runny, no matter where I put it in the fridge." Anon review on ASDA

 

Greenvale Olive Spread

Greenvale Olive Spread

This spread has a sub-par taste and texture, it has a very pale colour to it and is overly soft. It would be best used for light coverings in sandwiches or toasties.

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Customer Reviews

"It tastes dreadful, it spreads badly and looks so anaemic I wonder which Mediterranean country the olive oil originated from." FedwFonllan in a review on Aldi

"This use to be an excellent spread but has completely changed in the last few months. It now has a very synthetic taste." GB12 in a review on Aldi

~ The Best: Top Rated Sunflower Spreads ~

 

Greenvale Sunflower Spread Light

Greenvale Sunflower Spread Light

This spread has a weird texture to it that makes it somehow too spreadable! It is an okay product in terms of taste, but is bizarrely difficult to use.

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Customer Reviews

"It tastes dreadful, it spreads badly and looks so anaemic I wonder which Mediterranean country the olive oil originated from." FedwFonllan in a review on Aldi

"This use to be an excellent spread but has completely changed in the last few months. It now has a very synthetic taste." GB12 in a review on Aldi

~ OK: Medium Rated Sunflower Spreads ~

 

Tesco Sunflower Spread

Tesco Sunflower Spread

This spread is great on toast, and pairs lovely with other toppings. It is a good alternative to butter and dairy, with a good flavour and texture.

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Customer Reviews

"First time I have tried this as wanted an alternative spread to dairy, great on toast with your favourite jam." Anon review on Tesco

"Good flavour, not watery, good price." Anon review on Tesco

 

Morrisons Sunflower Spread

Morrisons Sunflower Spread

This fantastic spread tastes just like butter, but it’s even better knowing that it’s a healthier alternative! It works great in sandwiches and also for baking.

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Customer Reviews

"Fantastic butter tastes like normal spread with the added advantage it'd pure sunflower with no added rapeseed which is becoming harder and harder to find." Nyx in a review on Morrisons

"Good for sandwiches and baking." Nannyann in a review on Morrisons

~ The Worst: Bottom Rated Sunflower Spreads ~

 

Pure Sunflower

Pure Sunflower

With a fabulous light taste, this spread works well in anything and on anything! It spreads straight from the fridge, and has a good texture to it too.

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Customer Reviews

"Great light taste, kids love it, you can bake with it (get better results than using butter). Always have a tub in my fridge." Anon review on Tesco

"Spreads like real butter, looks like real butter, tastes like ash. There’s better brands out there." Anon review on Tesco

 

Sainsbury's Sunflower Spread

Sainsbury's Sunflower Spread

This spread works well for cooking, and is okay for spreading on things like toast or in sandwiches. It has an average taste and texture.

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Customer Reviews

"This is a good average spread, cheaper than competitor brands and not much different. I found it fine for cooking - made really nice banana bread." Feedback10 in a review on Sainsburys

"It's ok to spread on bread. 45% fat is what used to be called 'low fat spread'and probably not suitable for baking." Waverly in a review on Sainsburys

 

Greenvale Sunflower Spread Original

Greenvale Sunflower Spread Original

This spread is good for baking, sandwiches and even for using in recipes like scrambled eggs. It’s a great healthy alternative, and has a light and buttery taste.

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Customer Reviews

"This spread will just not stick. It falls off the knife and you have to keep going backwards and forwards to spread it. A nightmare!" Mauri55 in a review on Aldi

~ The Best: Top Rated Dairy Free Spreads ~

 

Lactofree Spreadable

Lactofree Spreadable

One of the best options out there for lactose intolerance, this has a great taste and texture. Plus, you can rely on it in recipes too.

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Customer Reviews

"This is the best tasting Lactose Free spread I have eaten and it really cooks well too." Anon review on Tesco

"Lovely taste, never had any problems with it, great for spreading, baking and frying." Anon review on Tesco

 

Naturli' Organic Vegan Spreadable

Naturli' Organic Vegan Spreadable

This has a great taste and manages to escape the common aftertaste of imitation dairy – it spreads really well directly from the fridge and melts well too.

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Customer Reviews

"This tastes lovely with no "margarine" after taste! Spreads direct from a cold fridge and melts perfectly on hot toast." Penny64 in a review on Sainsburys

"This spread tastes incredible and it's super healthy. A friend of mine recommended this product and I feel I can not live without it :)" Anita in a review on Sainsburys

 

Pure Dairy Free Buttery Spread

Pure Dairy Free Buttery Spread

This has a great taste and spreads perfectly – especially on toast! It melts well and is a great plant-based alternative for dairy.

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Customer Reviews

"I really like this. It tastes great and is lovely on toast etc. In my opinion, its the best plant based spread." Anon review on Tesco

"This new 'Buttery' taste genuinely tastes so close to butter! It's my regular now. :-)" Anon review on Tesco

 

Flora Plant B+tter Salted Alternative to Butter

Flora Plant B+tter Salted Alternative to Butter

This plant-based spread has a really creamy, buttery taste. It is a brilliant alternative and works well in baking and cooking too.

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Customer Reviews

"Tastes like real butter! Had a bacon sandwich, first one in years because of lactose allergy....boy was it yummy!" Anon review on ASDA

"This is truly a game changer. Beautiful buttery taste. Excellent for all uses. Will not to back to dairy now, no need." Anon review on ASDA

 

Vitalite Dairy Free Spread

Vitalite Dairy Free Spread

A blast from the past for anyone who remembers the singing sunflower advert! The taste is good for a diary-free spread, and has a good spreadable texture.

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Customer Reviews

"Used to have Vitalite back in the 80s and decided to try it from the usual Flora Pro-Activ. Have to say that the taste of this is amazing and just how I remember it! Glad it's still being made." Anon review on Tesco

"Great dairy free spread that tastes nice enough that the rest of the family are happy to convert!" Anon review on Tesco

~ OK: Medium Rated Dairy Free Spreads ~

 

Flora Plant Butter Unsalted

Flora Plant Butter Unsalted

This is a great plant-based spread for sweet and savoury dishes, it has a good texture and even better taste. Perfect for any vegans or people with allergies.

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Customer Reviews

"Great taste for both sweet and savoury dishes so those of us with a dairy allergy are no longer missing out." Anon review on Tesco

"Absolutely lovely, you will be amazed how good it is." Anon review on Tesco

 

Pure Dairy Free Olive Spread

Pure Dairy Free Olive Spread

This is a vegan alternative to butter, and tastes very similar! It’s texture is great and creamy, despite being dairy free.

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Customer Reviews

"Having recently gone vegan, I tried it on a bun with my home made vegan stew. It's lovely! The closest thing to ' real' butter I've tried. Good texture, great taste and creamy too. Without the dairy factor! Beautiful!" Anon review on Tesco

~ The Worst: Bottom Rated Dairy Free Spreads ~

 

Pure Sunflower

Pure Sunflower

With a fabulous light taste, this spread works well in anything and on anything! It spreads straight from the fridge, and has a good texture to it too.

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Customer Reviews

"Fantastic butter tastes like normal spread with the added advantage it'd pure sunflower with no added rapeseed which is becoming harder and harder to find." Nyx in a review on Morrisons

"Good for sandwiches and baking." Nannyann in a review on Morrisons

~ The Best: Top Rated Cholesterol Spreads ~

 

Benecol Light Spread

Benecol Light Spread

This smooth and buttery spread is great. It lowers your cholesterol without compromising on the buttery taste. Great for toast, with a perfect melting texture.

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Customer Reviews

"Benecol light spread is a lovely smooth spread, great buttery taste and melts easily on hot toast .. love the fact is can be used to lower your cholesterol without compromising on taste." Anon review on Tesco

"This was a first time for me trying benecol butter. I’ve heard of it’s benefits before like lowering cholesterol, but thought this would heavily affect the taste. However upon trying it, I have found it to be just as good as regular butter. It stills is super light and buttery which makes it perfect for anything!" Anon review on Tesco

 

Flora Pro Activ Buttery Spread

Flora Pro Activ Buttery Spread

With a really great buttery taste and creamy texture, this is very spreadable and a good healthy replacement.

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Customer Reviews

"It's got a fantastic buttery taste you wouldn't think it's actually lowering your cholesterol and is fab in scrambled eggs!" Anon review on Tesco

"We were pleasently surprised by how creamy and buttery it tasted. My little girl loved it as it was so spreadable which meant she could help making her own sandwiches." Anon review on Tesco

 

Benecol Buttery Spread

Benecol Buttery Spread

This spreads well on toast and bread. For a low cholesterol spread, it has a creamy and rich buttery taste too.

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Customer Reviews

"Very nice , will hopefully keep cholesterol in check." Anon review on Tesco

"I've used this spread a few times now and it has a nice taste. It spreads easy onto bread and does have a buttery taste." Anon review on Tesco

 

Flora Pro Activ Light Spread

Flora Pro Activ Light Spread

Spreadable even when chilled, it tastes great and salty. It has a good texture and doesn’t have the oiliness of other alternatives.

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Customer Reviews

"This butter was pleasantly surprising, it wasn’t hard from the fridge, tasted great and now replaced the tasty but naughty salted butter. I highly recommend it, not sure if it’s helping lower my cholesterol just yet but definitely healthier than my previous." Anon review on Tesco

"Found this to be light and easily spreadable. No oily flavour and not over powering. Tastes great with toast, on a sandwich and I have used in baking which was a great success." Anon review on Tesco

~ OK: Medium Rated Cholesterol Spreads ~

 

Flora Pro Activ Olive Oil Spread

Flora Pro Activ Olive Oil Spread

This product has a great texture, and lots of taste. It has a similar taste to butter and is great for anyone looking to swap out butter for something new.

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Customer Reviews

"There is no label to say what exactly is in this product!" Anon review on Tesco

"Really helps with keeping Cholesterol under control, expensive but worth the cost." Anon review on Tesco

~ Unrated Cholesterol Spreads ~

 

Tesco Cholesterol Reducing Spread

Tesco Cholesterol Reducing Spread

This is a good option for anyone with heart conditions or looking to watch their cholesterol levels. It provides the buttery taste but without the higher levels of cholesterol.

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