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New for 2020, Flora Plant Butter is a dairy-free vegan butter alternative. But is Flora Plant Butter it as good as real dairy butter? Or better? Read on to find out…
About Flora Plant Butter
Flora promises that its plant-based butter can do everything that dairy butter can do – making it great for baking, cooking or just spreading on toast.
As well as being suitable for vegans, Flora Plant Butter is kinder to the planet than dairy butter, having just 50% of the impact on climate change (Source). Plus, it’s wrapped in paper, not plastic.
The benefits of Flora Plant Butter:
- Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
- RSPO certified (this means the palm oil is sustainable)
- Low carbon footprint
- No artificial flavours
- No artificial preservatives
- 100% biodegradable paper wrapper
Flora Plant Butter Ingredients
Flora Plant Butter is available in two varieties – Salted and Unsalted. Here are the ingredients for each type.
Flora Salted Plant Butter Ingredients:
Plant oils (sustainable palm, sunflower, rapeseed), filtered water, sea salt (1,7%), fava bean preparation, plant-based emulsifier (sunflower lecithin), natural flavourings
Flora Unsalted Plant Butter Ingredients:
Plant oils (sustainable palm, sunflower, rapeseed), filtered water, fava bean preparation, plant-based emulsifier (sunflower lecithin), natural flavourings
Does Flora Plant butter contain palm oil?
Yes, Flora’s vegan butter does contain palm oil. But, that’s not a bad thing.
The use of palm oil in food is a controversial issue because some palm oil production contributes to deforestation, habitat destruction, climate change, worker exploitation and child labour.
However, if palm oil is sourced sustainably, it doesn’t create any of these problems. The palm oil that Flora uses is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Flora vegan butter is produced by Upfield, a company which lists all their palm oil mills online here.
Palm oil is present in around 50% of the packaged products we find in supermarkets. So, whilst palm oil has a bad reputation, avoiding it isn’t the answer. Producing it ethically is.
Flora Plant Butter calories
Flora Plant butter has 700 calories per 100g. This is about the same as dairy butter. Flora Plant Butter is 79% fat, which is also similar to dairy butter, although it is slightly lower in saturated fat at 47%, compared to 51% for dairy butter.
What does Flora Plant Butter taste like?
I tried Flora Plant Butter and it is the best vegan butter I have ever tasted! I usually buy Flora Buttery vegan margarine, having not been able to get a vegan butter alternative in my local supermarket. However, Flora’s new vegan butter is a game-changer.
Flora Plant butter is very similar to Lurpack in that it has a great buttery taste, but is spreadable straight from the fridge. Not having to leave it on the side or melt it before spreading on sandwiches makes this vegan butter really convenient to use.
I can 100% recommend Flora Vegan Plant Butter and will not be going back to any other kind of spread.
Flora Plant Butter is a fantastic alternative to dairy butter. Whilst this new product will undoubtedly be loved by vegans, it’s actually great for anyone who’s looking to be kinder to the planet by reducing their carbon footprint without compromising on taste.