Got butter

Published February 22, 2021, 3:46 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Minus the saturated fat and trans-fat

Julia Child said to someone she loved, “You are the butter to my bread, and the breath to my life,” but what of the high saturated fat in butter that is linked to a higher risk of a diseased heart?

Enter Saganà Coconut Spread. It’s the answer to the decades-long search for a healthy alternative to butter. Plant-based and completely dairy-free, this spread is made from 81 percent pure, non-hydrogenated coconut oil, 15 percent water, and 1.5 percent salt. What’s best is it tastes like butter, it is as creamy as butter, it is butter in every way, minus the saturated fat and everything that makes butter unattractive to vegans, gourmands, flexitarians, and the lactose-intolerant.

It is also versatile. It can be used as a spread on bread as well as for cooking and baking. In fact, it can be substituted 1:1 in any recipe that calls for butter, and no one will be the wiser!

What distinguishes Saganà Coconut Spread from other plant-based spreads is that it does not contain a blend of vegetable oils. It is non-hydrogenated, with zero trans fat. Hydrogenated vegetable oil undergoes processing to enhance its taste, texture, and shelf life, and it is this process that forms trans fats, which are bad for the health.

Palm-free, this spread is made from pure coconut oil, which is touted as a superfood. Coconut oil is high in Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), a unique type of fat that metabolizes faster into energy or turns into ketones, aiding in weight loss. MCTs also boost healthy cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol, which promotes digestion, improves metabolic health. and lowers the risk of heart disease. This healthier alternative is further fortified with 35 percent lauric acid, which improves the immune system with its antimicrobial and antiviral properties.

Originally produced for the export market, and proudly Philippine made, Saganà Coconut Spread uses coconut oil supplied by a single source in Southern Luzon and sent straight to the manufacturing plant,

What’s best is it tastes like butter, it is as creamy as butter, it is butter in every way.

Saganà, which means “abundance” in Filipino, is a Swiss-Filipino social enterprise that responsibly sources from and works with smallholder farmers, cooperatives, and like-minded, accountable organizations that strive to employ sustainable practices, helping them create a positive social impact and protect the environment as they achieve highest premium quality to obtain for them higher earning rates. Compared to dairy butter, this plant-based alternative takes 70 percent less water to produce and emits up to 50 percent less carbon dioxide in the process, making it a better choice for the environment, too.

If you’re looking to switch to a healthy, natural, and more sustainable alternative to butter, try Saganà Coconut Spread. It has been FDA-approved in the Philippines and has also passed the Swiss-European Union quality, food safety, and hygiene standards. It is available at ₱255/225g brick through and in select specialty grocery and vegan stores in Metro Manila. For serving suggestions and recipes, follow Saganà Coconut Spread on Instagram and Facebook.