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Updated on May 3, 2011

B E W A R E!

-Of trans fats: it is formed when oils are partially hydrogenated to make them spreadable (like margarine and shortening). these fats raise blood cholesterol levels about as much as saturated fat.

-Of saturated fats: they raise cholesterol levels in the blood, increasing the risk of heart diesea and colon and prostate cancers. So keep meat, cheese, pizza, ice cream, whole milk, butter, and most pies, cakes, and pastries in the doghouse.

-Of fat-free foods: many people feel safe in eating large amounts-but these foods may still be high in calories, especially from sugar.

-Of meats and cheeses: they are very calorie-dense foods (fattening) and they have no fiber

Of Olestra: not absorbed by the body, this fat can cause diarrhea and snare important fat soluble vitamins and drag them out of the body.

Slimming your Salad Down:

One of the best places to cut the fat us on your salad. Too many people take nutritious green and turn them into a high-fat nightmare by adding thick oily dressings. Restaurants are notorious for this. At most of them you dont get little dressing to go with your salad-you get a little salad to go with your dressing.

Next time your waiter hands a menu, order your salad with a low-calorie dressing on the side. Better yet, ask for lemon wedges and squeeze on the juice yourself. It's a low-calorie, no-fat alternative.

Excess fat in foods is probably the most damaging component of the Western diet.. Reducing the amount of fat fat we eat is essential. Butter, margarine, cooking and salad oils, meats, cheeses, eggs, and whole milk all must be limited.


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