Health Canada Data Confirms Unilever Margarines are Spread of Choice



    TORONTO, July 21 /CNW/ - Today's release of trans fat monitoring data by
Health Canada confirms that Unilever Canada's margarines -- Becel, Imperial, I
Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Blue Bonnet, and Fleischmann's - are the trans
fat-free, low-in-saturated fat spread of choice.
    In June 2007, Health Canada adopted the recommendations of its trans fat
task force calling for the total trans fat content for soft margarines and
liquid oils be limited to 2 per cent of total fat content. The recommendations
call for all other foods to be limited to 5 per cent of total fat content with
the exception of products for which the fat is exclusively dairy or meat.
    Not only are Unilever margarine products trans fat-free and low in
saturated fat, typically found in animal-based food products, they are rich in
monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, the latter of which is a source of
the "essential" omega 3 and 6 fatty acids vital to human growth and
development.
    Unilever Canada was a retail pioneer in trans free margarines with Becel
which was introduced to Canadians over 25 years ago. Since then, all Unilever
retail tub margarines have been formulated trans free. Unilever also offers
Canada's foodservice operators food manufacturing industries a comprehensive
range of trans free margarines, shortenings, emulsified shortenings, frying
oils and pastry roll-ins.
    Compared to Unilever's trans free, low-in-saturated fat margarines,
butter is approximately three per cent trans fat and 65 per cent saturated
fat. According to the recently revised Canada's Food Guide, consumers are
advised to limit butter and choose vegetable oil-based soft margarines low in
saturated and trans fat.





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