Popular butter alternative slammed for misleading customers

Customers have been left fuming after realising the popular butter alternative they were buying was not has healthy as they
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Customers have been left fuming after realising the popular butter alternative they were buying was not has healthy as they were lead to believe.

Natural Gold’s Olive Oil Soft Spread brands itself as a great alternative for butter and gives the impression that it is a healthy option for anyone trying to avoid regular butter.

Olive oil is known for its health properties, with experts hailing it as a key ingredient in the healthy Mediterranean diet.

However, upon closer inspection the tiny writing on the back of the container reveals that the olive oil spread is actually majority canola oil and only contains a small amount of olive oil.

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Mel Omar has been buying the spread for months and said she was angry when she realised what she was paying for.

“I’ve been buying this olive oil spread for a long time now and the only reason I buy it is because I thought that it was healthy!” she said.

“But then when I was trying to check the expiry date, I was flabbergasted to discover that there wasn’t even that much olive oil in there.

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“I think they shouldn’t be able to call it olive oil soft spread. It’s mainly a canola oil spread.

“The ingredients says olive oil 12.5 per cent, canola oil 25 per cent. So calling it an olive oil spread when there’s more canola than olive is highly misleading.

“And to make matter worse, customers are paying a premium price for it.”

Have you bought this brand before? Are you sick of companies misleading customers?

  1. Phil Hunter  

    its like a lot of products , have a look at fish fingers etc and you’ll find that there is very little fish in them

  2. Cerajane  

    I am. I’m about to discuss Masterfoods “Creamy White Sauce” with them. White sauce is so simple. Flour, milk and butter. So, to compliment some beautiful smoked cod, that’s what I chose. (I should have made my own.)
    It was awful. It had a strong sharp taste and when I checked the really tiny writing of ingredients, found it had cheese and onion powders in it!
    It’s cheese and onion sauce! Why doesn’t it say that!
    I wouldn’t have bought it, that’s why.

    • Lily Noble  

      This is particularly bad if you have a serious cheese allergy like me! It is all about people allergic to nuts at the moment. Let us not forget all the other people with their own allergies and actually tell us what the product Is accurately and label it so we can read it.

  3. Cerajane  

    I am. I’m about to discuss Masterfoods “Creamy White Sauce” with them. White sauce is so simple. Flour, milk and butter. So, to compliment some beautiful smoked cod, that’s what I chose. (I should have made my own.)
    It was awful. It had a strong sharp taste and when I checked the really tiny writing of ingredients, found it had cheese and onion powders in it!
    It’s cheese and onion sauce! Why doesn’t it say that!
    I wouldn’t have bought it, that’s why.

  4. dee  

    I always use butter!

    • Meryl  

      Me too, Dee. I’ve never swapped from butter.

  5. Dot Parker  

    I bought Select Classic Olive Oil spread it has 24% olive but it also has Preservative 202 which is also suppose to be bad for you, how do you win when trying to keep your family healthy.

    • Kaz  

      You use butter! You buy vegetables fruit and meat …if you’re not a vegetarian and you make cakes a d biscuits etc from scratch! It’s cheaper and better for you. Packets, jars etc is all processed pretend food loaded with chemicals to make you stay hungry and spend more…supermarkets and companies don’t give a flying f*%#@ about your health!

  6. Christine  

    And beef stock has no beef in it…

    • bruza  

      hindus will be glad to hear that

  7. Ist about time people stopped being afraid of butter if used in moderation. It’s much healthier than the chemical concoctions in the form of various “spreads”.

  8. Ist about time people stopped being afraid of butter if used in moderation. It’s much healthier than the chemical concoctions in the form of various “spreads”.

  9. Hubbie bought some Bertolli ‘Olive Oil’ spread today. Looked at contents – vegetable oil 65% olive oil 19%. Should have checked before buying. Should not be named that way – false advertising. Don’t like vegetable oil – linked to macular degeneration.

    • Robyn  

      Yep we did also but only once…never againπŸ‘Ž Only natural hard butter nowπŸ‘

  10. sue  

    Try finding Bread crumbs….Krummies…everthing in it except breadcrumbs and a huge amount of other additives. . What happened to just bread crumbs??

    • Judith  

      It’s not too hard to make your own breadcrumbs surely?

  11. don campbell  

    butter has been in our diet for many years most older generation have been using it for 80 years or more ,why do we need an alterative at all .?

    • Elaine Kelson  

      That’s all I ever use , and I’m 81 yrs old , hasn’t hurt me ! So why go for all the other , so called HEALTHY CRAP , they put on the Supermarket Shelves πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž

  12. Hayley  

    The ONLY spreadable proper butter is NZ’s ‘Mainland” brand.
    It’s REAL Butter, triple churned, for ‘spreadability’.
    No oils in it at all!
    Read its’ pack information.

    Next best, IMHO, is ‘Devondale Soft’. Is new to the market, I believe.
    As I cook with Canola Oil, my system’s used to it, & I find this product ok.

    Tried others’ with vegetable oil, & olive oil, respectively. Made me nauseous, as does margarine of any type! Gave up on it years’ ago, & have been having ‘Mainland’ instead.

    • Only ever use Mainland butter and especially their tasty cheese as we’ll, just. So much better than our Australian cheese…

      • Pamela  

        I stopped buying any New Zealand products when I found that so many were imported from China and relabelled. Who knows what is making the stuff soft when it comes from there!

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