With a mission to ‘add vitality to life’ and a background in nutrition research, Unilever has been at the forefront of developing heart healthy margarines and spreads for over 40 years. The link between increased consumption of saturated fats and coronary heart disease was firmly established in the 1950s. Unilever responded to this in 1964 by launching Flora polyunsaturated margarine, the healthy alternative to butter, lard and hard margarine which are all high in saturated fats.
Since then Flora products have all been adapted in line with new scientific knowledge. During the 1990s scientific research established that trans fatty acids have a negative effect on blood lipids and can increase the risk of CHD (Coronary Heart Disease). As a result of this research, in 1994 Flora became the first spread to contain no hydrogenated vegetable oils and be virtually trans fat free.
More recently Flora increased the amount of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats in all its Flora spreads.