Fat Spread How much fat is al­lowed?

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To be­gin with, the main dif­fer­ence be­tween fat spread and but­ter is that the lat­ter is a fatty prod­uct de­rived ex­clu­sively from the milk of cow and/or buf­falo in the form of an emul­sion (an emul­sion is a mix­ture of two liq­uids that would not nor­mally mix) of the type ‘water in oil’. Fur­ther, milk fat in but­ter shall not be less than 80 per cent by weight. Fat spread means a prod­uct in the form of water in oil/fat emul­sion. It may or may not con­tain milk fat; fat shall not be more than 80 per cent and not less than 40 per cent by weight. As per Food Safety and Stan­dards (FSS) Reg­u­la­tions, both but­ter and fat spread should not con­tain an­i­mal body fats. Be that as it may, what is com­mon to but­ter and fat spread is that they are con­cen­trated sources of fat and calo­ries. While one does not have to elim­i­nate ei­ther from their diet, mod­er­a­tion in con­sump­tion is ad­vis­able. The fol­low­ing re­port cov­ers four pop­u­lar brands of fat spread and as­sesses these on pa­ram­e­ters that are ex­pected to help con­sumers make an in­formed choice.

The tests were car­ried out in an NABL-ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory. It may be noted that of the four brands, one, Amul Lite, was mixed fat spread; the oth­ers – De­li­cious, Nu­tralite and Nutrela – were veg­etable fat spread. All brands car­ried the AGMARK logo.

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