Health & Nutrition Facts:
No 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 Tablelands Smart range contains no artificial colours and flavours – you can rest assured that you are providing your family a smart health choice.
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 do not include any added gluten, eggs, yeast, or nuts*. Our Smart range also has no added milk products*.
*Please be aware that our products are made in a manufacturing site that may produce these products and raw materials
What is Cholesterol, and how do I control it?
Cholesterol is a fat-like compound that is part of all animal cells. It is essential for many of the body's metabolic processes, including hormone and bile production, and to help the body use vitamin D. However, there's no need to eat foods high in cholesterol. The body is very good at making its own cholesterol - you don't need to help it along. Tablelands Smart spreads are cholesterol free and are the perfect family choice.
There are two types of cholesterol.
Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - carries most of the cholesterol that is delivered to cells. It is called the 'bad' cholesterol when its level in the bloodstream is high because then it can clog up your arteries and raise your risk of heart attack or stroke.
High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - is called the 'good' cholesterol because it helps remove excess LDL cholesterol out of the cells, including the arteries.
Foods that can increase ‘bad’ cholesterol
A high intake of saturated fat (in butter, lard, fatty meat, pies and pastries) can increase the amount of cholesterol produced in the liver, raising blood cholesterol levels.
Good sources of Omega 3
When it comes to fat, there’s one type you don’t want to cut back on: omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s 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 vegetable spreads have a saturated fat level below 20%, making butter an unhealthier 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 vegetable spreads and oils, and choosing reduced or no fat dairy.
But surely it's ok to give butter to my kids - they don't have cholesterol issues and it's more natural!
According to The Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey 2007, children are currently consuming twice the recommended maximum levels of saturated fat. The dietary habits established in childhood are often set for life. You can set your children on a healthier eating habit from an early age by making vegetable spreads a part of their regular healthy diet.
Isn't margarine full of deadly trans fats?
Not in Australia. The Heart Foundation began challenging Australian manufacturers to remove trans fats, saturated fats and sodium to the lowest possible levels many years ago.
As a result, the margarine spreads in Australia are now virtually free of trans fats, and cannot be compared to those available in other countries, especially not the US.
This is a taste issue - I just don't like margarine and I really love butter.
Just because butter comes straight from nature does not make it healthier. If health is important to you and you make the switch, your tastes will adjust in time - it's really a question of where your priorities lie.
Foods that 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.
- 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 Reduced 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?
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.
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 butterwith vegetable spreads such as olive or canola spreads.
Trans fats are also 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, the spreads sold in Australia are virtually free of trans fats.
Are your Tablelands spreads suitable for lactose intolerant consumers vegans, vegetarians or lactose intolerant consumers?
Tablelands Dairy Free spread has been especially formulated for our lactose intolerant consumers and can be found in selected Woolworths, Coles and Independent stores.
Our Tablelands spreads contain Vitamin D - a mandatory requirement which is derived from ovine wool, so they are not suitable for vegans. However, they are suitable for vegetarians because they don’t contain meat, poultry, fish or seafood.