Frequent questions

Do you use Palm Oil in any of your products?

No. We can proudly say that we do not use Palm Oil in any of our products.

Do your nut butters contain trans fats as a result of processing?

No. All of our nut butters are free from trans fats and do not contain palm oil.

What are the white beads/ dots/ snowflakes on the top of Coconut & Peanut/ Almond butter?

At Meridian we are proud that we don’t use palm oil or stabilisers to emulsify our products and it’s because of this that the oil from the nuts separates in our products.

Coconut oil is white when solid but, when it’s warm, the oil layer on the top of the product may appear cloudy due to separated coconut oil. When it’s cold it can separate completely and solidify to form little white dots or beads on the nut butter surface. What it looks like depends on the external temperature but please be assured this is normal and completely safe.

If it can be left somewhere warm you will see that it can be successfully mixed back in.  

Why is my Peanut Butter too runny/ firm?

This is due to the natural oil contents of the nuts and seeds which varies depending on growing and weather conditions. As a totally natural product, you can also experience higher or lower oil separation due to storage conditions.

Top tip: Try storing the nut and seed butter upside down carefully or add a little bit of sunflower oil to obtain the desired consistency.

Why is there a solid layer of oil on top of my Coconut Butter?

In cold weather our coconut range of nut butters sometimes forms a solid “white / yellowy” layer on top of the butter which is oil released from the nut and from the coconut. The fats released by the coconut naturally solidify below 24 degrees. This change in consistency does not affect the nutrients or organoleptic properties of the product. The top layer will melt above the 24 degrees.

Top tip: If you are having trouble mixing in the oil, try gradually warming it up a little.

Where are your nuts and seeds sourced from?

seeds and nuts

Are there traces of Nuts or Peanuts in all nut and seed butters?

Yes. Our nut butter factory handles a variety of nuts including peanut and this is why our labels include the statement “not suitable for peanut, other nuts or sesame allergy sufferers” or “Packed on the same line as Nuts & Sesame”.

Are your Nut and Seed Butters Gluten-Free?

We can confirm that our products are naturally gluten free but please, always look for the allergens highlighted in bold in the ingredients list for security.

Why are the carbohydrates in your nut butters lower than in the nuts themselves?

Our Nut butters are labelled using information taken from a number of sources including McCance and Widdowson, The Composition of Foods, data from our suppliers and samples analysed by accredited laboratories. All are recognised and approved source of information for food labeling. Based on those values, we also make corrections for water loss on roasting which explains the differences you can see on other roasted nuts.

Are Meridian products suitable for a Kosher diet?

Meridian products are not Kosher certified. Due the diversity of the range, different lines are produced at different manufacturing sites meaning that some products in the range are suitable for inclusion in a Kosher diet such as our nut and seed butters.

How much honey or natural sweetener do I have to use in recipes as a replacement for sugar?

When replacing sugar with a natural sweetener there is more trial and error required. Most of all it depends on your taste.

Top tip: Do not forget to slightly reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe too!

Is your honey ethically produced?

It is the policy of our supplier of honey to ensure best practices are observed by our selected suppliers and beekeepers; and that beekeeping husbandry and bee welfare are a top priority. For example, we do not advocate wing clipping or the killing-off of weak, older queen bees to re-strengthen colonies. We do our utmost to ensure that our partners and suppliers in origin have ethical policies in place, which we audit.

What are Hi-Oliec Peanuts?

Hi Oleic Peanuts are peanuts that contain 30% more monounsaturated fats (the good kind - named oleic acid) than standard peanuts. Here are some useful links to find out more: 

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/different-fats-nutrition/ 

https://heartuk.org.uk/health-and-high-cholesterol

What does unsaturated fat actually mean?

Unsaturated fats and omega-3 fats are considered to be better for our health as they can help to lower blood cholesterol.

Unsaturated fats are found generally in plant foods such as seeds/grains, nuts, vegetables and fruit. They can be either polyunsaturated, found in sunflower, soya, corn, and sesame oils or monounsaturated like olive and rapeseed oils.

Evidence suggests that the inclusion of the monounsaturated fats are particularly good as they help to promote the healthier type of cholesterol in our blood.

Almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts are rich sources of monounsaturated fats and if eaten unsalted, just a small daily handful would contribute towards a healthy diet.

Why do we need some fat?

Fats are an important part of our diet; they provide the body with energy and help the body absorbing important vitamins and minerals. They also contain essential fats which the body is unable to make for itself. However, eating too much fat can be unhealthy.


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