Expert's Warning About Tesco's Dairy-Free Avocado Spread: Why It's Still Better To Use Butter & Margarine

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Jan 31, 2017 08:14 PM EST

Avocados are known as the healthier alternative to mayonnaise, butter, and margarine. However, experts warn users from using the popular avocado spread as it may not work out as expected. To shed light on the issue, a leading nutritionist claims that the unhealthier oils found on the processed fats such as butter and margarine outweigh the beneficial oils found on the beloved green fruit.

In May 2016, Tesco gave a debut to the dairy-free avocado spread in order to profit on the nation love, the avocado. It has also launched its coconut version at the same price that cost £1.20 for a single tub. The market wasn;t hesitant about accepting it and figures show that its sale has hit a "record of £128m in the 12 months to March this year - up nearly 40 percent on the year before," according to the Daily Mail.

"With this, the UK's first ever avocado spread, our product developers have created a new and exciting way for shoppers to benefit from the excellent health credentials of avocados in even more ways," Tesco's dairy-free avocado spread user Dean Rawlinson stated. Despite its warm welcome, Caroline Farrell, who is a food expert, has a surprising research about the brand's own spreads.

"Avocado is very popular in the UK at the moment and this spread is rich in mono-unsaturated fat, which is great for the heart," Farrel said. "But the unhealthier oils make up more of the spread than avocado oil, and while it's marketed at having vitamins A and D, these are actually added rather than naturally present."

Instead of patronizing the already made spread, it's still best to go for the natural one by mashing up an avocado and using it as the spread instead. On the other hand, the coconut spread version contains rapeseed oil is thought to be fattier. The expert even mentioned about going for more natural alternatives such as coconut oil, almond nut butter, and olive oil or by using butter in moderation.

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