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The Truth About Fats

Not all fats are equal. Learn which ones actually boost your health!

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"Spreads like Benecol, which are made from plant stanol esters, are lower in trans fat than regular margarine and have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease," says Kendall. They especially help people taking statin drugs to lower their blood cholesterol levels. "But," she adds, "they are more expensive, too, so if you are at risk of heart disease, they may be worth the price."

Kendall suggests doing what the Italians do -- put olive oil on your bread. Or, you could make what she calls "better butter."

Blend one part olive or canola oil with one part butter," Kendall says. It makes a softer spread and dilutes the cholesterol with monounsaturated fats.

Spreads to Avoid

Remember, traditional margarine is a trans fat nightmare. Check the ingredients list and avoid spreads that are made of "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils.

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