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Spreading modern avocados are "less healthy than butter”

Spreading modern avocados are "less healthy than butter ': oils Unhealthier outweigh the benefit, says a leading nutrition

  • Avocado spreads used as healthy alternative to margarine and butter
  • Waitrose, Tesco and Asda now all sell their own brand of the spread
  • But expert Caroline Farrell said unhealthier oils may outweigh benefit
  • She advises mashing up avocado for those who want healthy spread

It is being marketed as a healthy alternative to butter and margarine.

But the spreading popularity of avocados may not be good for us as we think, warn experts.

It says nutritionist leading unhealthier oils in the product is free of dairy products than those beneficial claims shoppers might be better off to stick unsalted butter.

In an attempt to take advantage of the country's love of green fruit, Tesco first outbreak avocado-free dairy products launched in May at a cost of £ 1.20 for the basin. Copy of coconut oil for the same price also launched.

It came after figures showed that sales amounted to £ 128M avocado record in the 12 months to March this year - nearly 40 per cent from the previous year.

The company spreads buyer Dean Rawlinson said: "With this, the first avocado spread than ever before in the UK, product developers have created our new and exciting way for shoppers to take advantage of the adoption of the excellent health of the avocado in the means of most papers."

Now Waitrose has followed suit with its £1.25 versions of the spreads, while Asda has launched similar products at £1.20 a pot.

Avocado is very popular in the United Kingdom at the moment and this difference is rich in monounsaturated fat, which is great for the heart. But unhealthier oils make up more than the spread of avocado oil, and when it marketed in the presence of vitamins A and D, and these are added instead of actually present naturally.

"I recommend just mashing the avocado and even that as a result of the spread instead use." Said Miss Farrell, founder of food and basic nutrition clinic, has been the spread of coconut mainly from rapeseed oil, it contains more fat.

And he urged the health conscious to go for natural alternatives such as olive oil and coconut oil or hazelnut and almond butter. It was the butter is still the best - in moderation - adding: "I personally always choose butter.


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