Thursday, July 08, 2010
Yesterday my daughter and I walked the trek to Tesco for our regular grocery top-up shop. Since Waitrose opened up close enough to walk to in ten minutes or less, we have only been going to Tesco every three to four weeks to stock up on things we can't get there, like our favourite fruit juices, Tesco light choices tikka masala curry sauce, and my favourite Weightwatcher cakes - Mini Carrot cakes. nom nom nom
Anyway, since I quit smoking my tastebuds and sense of smell have become ultra sensitive, so changing foods can be a challenge as a dodgy smell can knock me back before I even start. For instance, I used to like baking cakes with Stork margarine, and now the smell of it means I can't get near the pot, and when the cake is baking it stinks to me, so badly that I can't eat it. This doesn't mean Stork is bad, it just means I can't eat it anymore.
Now, I like the taste of butter. I always have and always will. It is one of those sticking points for me with dieting, that I have never been able to find a margarine that even smells ok to me, never mind tastes ok. Then the texture is another problem, because ones I have got near enough to taste have seemed very greasy in the mouth, with sometimes a significant aftertaste that leaves me avoiding it like the plague.
Well, and I do usually get to the point eventually, while we were at Tesco yesterday, there was a lady set up with samples of Flora Original, Flora Light and Flora Buttery spread on pieces of bread for customers to try. Given the opportunity I had to find out what they were like. I explained my butter fetish to the lady, and she suggested I try the Buttery first, so Tara and I munched in. There was almost no smell at all, and it tasted lovely. It was very like butter. Its only slight letdown was a distinctive greasy feel in the mouth. I wasn't sure I could get past that, so I asked about the others.
Given the diet I am trying to improve, the lady suggested I try the Light next, so, very skeptically, I placed a small bit of the bread in my mouth. Nom nommy! Again virtually no smell at all, the taste was really good, and I didn't notice any significant greasy feel! Winner!
So, to complete the experiment I then tried the Original. It fell somewhere between the Light and the Buttery for smell, taste and texture, and again was pretty good, which totally floored me! I was 3 for 3!
So the final test was to compare stats:
The Light won hands down over Original and Buttery! It was significantly lower in everything that matters: Calories, Fat, Sat Fat etc. When I then compared it to the Countrylife Light, my favourite butter spread, Oh boy! Not only were the nutritional stats no contest, but Flora light is a pound cheaper per 500g tub, and you can buy Flora Light in larger tubs which work out even cheaper, so if you have a larger family, it is even better value for your purse and your bod!
So I am now the proud owner of tubs of Flora Light in my fridge, and would recommend a taste test if you get the chance.