b) is the correct answer. Mono and Poly unsaturated fats are good for us as they do NOT raise LDL "bad" cholesterol, they are found in MeadowLea spreads and they provide essential fat soluble vitamins. Saturated and trans fats found in butter have been proven to raise our total and LDL "bad" cholesterol levels.
a) True is the correct answer. According to the Heart Foundation (July, 2011), Australians are consuming twice the amount of saturated fat than the recommended intake.
e) is the correct answer. In addition, many dieticians and nutritionists also recommend margarine and plant based spreads over butter. To put it simply, one of their main messages is to replace spreads containing saturated fats (butter) with spreads containing unsaturated plant based oils.
c) is the correct answer. You can actually save over 2.5kg of saturated fat a year!
d) is the correct answer. Each tub of MeadowLea contains the oils from a whopping 70,000 natural plant seeds. It's packed with goodness! In fact 99% of MeadowLea's ingredients are made from natural sources - milk, water, a small amount of sustainably sourced palm oil and a pinch of salt are added to the plant seed oils. Less than 1% of additives are thrown in to keep the spread fresh.
b) No is the correct answer. Unfortunately it is the USA that has given hydrogenation a bad name! Hydrogenation is quite simple really - it is the process of heating plant oils to create firmness. In the US though, hydrogenation causes trans fats, and trans fats are bad fats! But in Australia our hydrogenation process is much healthier and results in only trace elements of trans fats. Butter contains FOUR times more trans fats than MeadowLea.
b) False is the correct answer. MeadowLea is made from the natural goodness of canola and sunflower seeds which are dark in colour. The seeds are crushed and the dark coloured shells removed, perhaps that is where this myth came from though!
e) is the correct answer. Omega-3 helps with all the above internal body functions. One 10g serve of MeadowLea provides 450mg of Omega-3, which is 35% of an adult's daily requirement.
e) All of the above is the correct answer. While it's healthy to eat a bit of fat each day, it's best to avoid foods containing saturated or trans fats. The 'good' fats are the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like canola oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and also the oils found in nuts and seeds, avocados and fish. They are generally plant based sources.