Not many people know this, but certain margarines are good for your heart health (plus: recipe for sesame chicken)

June 12, 2017

It's hard to know what's good and what's bad foodwise these days. For every study that says something is good, there's another bit of research that says it's bad. It's hard to know what's a fad, what's here to stay, and what is truly good for our health. So who do we listen to?

Well, one of my go-tos is the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and I tend to follow them for all things scientific and non-faddish. They've long stood by endorsing soft-tub margarine like Flora, which carries the Heart Mark. If any food carries the heart mark, it means it has the nod for approved levels of  total fat, saturated and trans fat, cholesterol, added sugar, sodium and fibre (where applicable). 

Margarine has sometimes gotten a bad rap because it is essentially a fat. However, it's a source of good fat. Only Flora is made with this unique blend of sunflower, canola and linseed oils that are high in omegas 3 and 6, (reword here please) which are good for your and your family's heart health.

There is supporting evidence that Omega 6 can actively reduce bad cholesterol when used to replace carbohydrates or saturated fat. Reducing total and bad cholesterol levels in the blood reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, plus there is also evidence from health studies showing that Omega-3 fatty acids can also considerably lower the risk of heart disease. 

What's more is that margarine is a nutritious and safe product that has been part of suggested healthy diets and healthy eating plans for years. International health organisations such as the World Heart Federation, as well as many national health authorities, recommend it.

 

If you'd like to incorporate healthy Flora into an easy and delicious meal, here's a recipe for seed-crusted chicken tacos:

Seed crusted chicken tacos

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 500g chicken fillets, cut into strips
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 125g mixed seeds like, sunflower seeds, linseeds, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) Flora Regular
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 small red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 small green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • A small handful cocktail tomatoes, halved
  • 6 taco shells

For the Flora mayo

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) Flora Regular
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) mayonnaise
  • Handful chives, chopped
  • Handful parsley, chopped

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Season the chicken fillets with salt and pepper. Dip each fillet into the whisked egg. Then coat the chicken fillets with the seed mix.
  3. Heat the Flora Regular and olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the chicken fillets in batches for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer them to an oven tray and bake for 5-10 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Fill the taco shells with red cabbage, green cabbage, cucumber and chicken strips.
  5. For the Flora mayo; combine the Flora Regular, mayonnaise, chives and parsley.
  6. Dollop the taco's with the Flora mayo.

For more information on Flora, go to their website, or follow on Facebook or Twitter.

Feature image via Shutterstock

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