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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Weekly health tip #2 - Cut it out!

Trans fats (aka hydrogenated fats, or partially hydrogenated fats) are among the worst things you can eat; if you want to develop coronary artery disease, these are the fats to eat. And unfortunately, trans fats are in a lot of prepared foods: cookies, margarine, fried foods, fast foods, etc. But fortunately regulations in many countries either eliminate trans fats, or require that foods containing them list the amounts. You can avoid trans fats by checking nutrition labels - look for "trans fats", "trans fatty acids", "hydrogenated", or "vegetable shortening", and don't buyt those foods, or limit your intake. You can instead eat foods richer in good fats, such as walnuts, and use olive or almond oil in your cooking. Photo credit: http://www.foodsubs.com/Photos/shortening3.jpg

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