We work with both nutritionists and chefs to develop products that can help consumers maintain a healthy heart.

Love Your Heart

At Promise®, we work with both nutritionists and chefs to develop products that can help consumers maintain a healthy heart.

Promise® soft spreads (Promise® Buttery and Promise® Light) help maintain a healthy heart when eaten instead of butter or margarine, as part of a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. Promise® Spreads are delicious, buttery-tasting spreads that contain no partially hydrogenated oils and 0 grams trans fat per serving. Promise® Buttery and Light spreads also contain essential fatty acids like omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid ( ALA) and omega-6 linolenic acid (LA), along with important vitamins. (Promise® Buttery Spread contains 8g fat and 1.5g saturated fat per serving. Promise® Light Spread contains 5g fat and 1g saturated fat per serving.)

Promise® Buttery Spread Tub

Our Promise activ® Light Spread, which is specially formulated with plant sterols, has been clinically proven to significantly reduce cholesterol as part of a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.**

The Promise® Spreads product line includes various items to meet your taste and nutrition needs, including Promise® Buttery Spread, Promise® Light Spread and Promise activ® Light Spread.

A Better Nutrition Option

Promise® soft spreads are a better nutrition option than butter because they are made with a blend of vegetable oils, including soybean and canola, and contain at least 75% less saturated fat than butter and no cholesterol.

Saturated and trans fats are the main dietary factors in raising blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) 2006 Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations suggest intakes of less than 7% of energy as saturated fat, less than 1% of energy as trans fat, and less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day.

Research shows that replacing saturated and trans fat with unsaturated fats can help maintain heart health. The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans state that the majority of the fat in the diet should come from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated sources.

To assist in meeting these guidelines, leading health professional organizations, among other dietary factors, suggest using a soft spread as a substitute for butter (look for 0 grams trans fat on the nutrition facts label) and choosing products that contain 2 grams or less of saturated fat per serving. See the chart below to find the saturated fat content of all of the Promise® soft spread products. All soft spread products contain no hydrogenated oils and 0 grams trans fat per serving.

Serving Size:

1 Tbsp.

Promise® Buttery Spread

Promise® Light Spread

Promise activ® Light Spread


Calories 80 45 45 102
Total Fat (g) 8 5 5 12
Saturated Fat (g) 1.5 1.0 0.5 7
Trans Fat (g) 0 0 0 0
Cholesterol (mg) 0 0 <5 31
Omega-3 ALA (mg) 550 300 285 0
Omega-6 LA (mg) 3200 1900 620 300

(Data reflects nutrient levels as declared in Nutrition Facts on product labels.)

Healthy recipe substitution tips brought to you by Promise® Spreads

Butter Soft spreads or sprays that are low in saturated fat and contain 0g trans fat per serving
Regular Mayonnaise Reduced-fat mayonnaise, low-fat yogurt
Whole Milk Skim (fat-free), 1% or 2%
Evaporated Milk Evaporated skim (fat-free) or reduced fat milk
Whole Milk Yogurt Low-fat or fat-free yogurt
Whipping Cream Imitation cream made with fat-free milk
Sour Cream 1% or fat-free sour scream or plain, low-fat yogurt
Cream Cheese Neufchâtel or light cream cheese, fat-free cream cheese
Cheese Reduced-calorie, low-fat or fat-free cheese
Whole Milk Cottage Cheese Skim or part-skim cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
Eggs 2 egg whites for every whole egg or egg substitute
Bacon or Breakfast Sausage Lean Canadian bacon, turkey bacon or lean ham
1 lb Ground Beef ½ lb extra lean ground beef plus 14 oz can cooked lentils or beans or ground learn turkey or chicken
Chocolate Chips Raisins, dates or dried fruit
Baking Chocolate (1 oz) 3 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt Fresh or dry herbs, garlic or onion powder, lemon or lime juice

**Foods containing at least 0.4 grams per serving of plant sterols eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 grams, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.


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