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Fats and Oils

Some fats are necessary for for good health, but you don't need much and you need the right kinds of fat. Be careful, while some fats are good for you, other fats are bad for your health. Here are some articles and resources to help you sort through dietary fats and oils.

Should I Reduce My Saturated Fat Intake?
Cutting your saturated fat intake to less than 10 percent of your daily caloric intake may have health benefits. Learn how to find excess saturated fats.

Which is Better - Butter or Margarine?
Margarine was touted as a healthy replacement for butter, but in many cases, it turned out to be worse. Some modern margarine is better, but are they any better for you than butter?

Are All Trans-Fat Free Foods Healthy?
Many food labels proudly display the words "trans-fat free" on the label. But that doesn't mean they're all good for you.

How Can Foods With Partially Hydrogenated Oil Be Trans-Fat Free?
Sometimes the ingredients will list partially hydrogenated oils, but still claim to have zero grams of trans-fat. That doesn't seem right, does it? Find out why that's an acceptable claim.

Are Fully Hydrogenated Oils Better Than Partially Hydrogrenated?
Fully hydrogenated vegetable oil can be used in place of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil if it is blended with other oils to get the desired texture.

What You Need to Know About Olive Oil and Your Heart
Consuming olive oil may help keep your coronary arteries healthy. They're the arteries that bring blood to your heart. Learn more about how olive oil may protect your heart.

What is Canola Oil?
Canola oil is a light-tasting oil that is perfect for cooking and for use in dressings. It's also good for you because it contains omega-3 fatty acids. Learn more about canola oil.

Which Foods Have Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that are good for you health and you have to get them from your diet. Here's a list of foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, plus a few recipes.

How Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help My Heart?
All three forms of omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart and they're necessary for brain and eye development. They may be good for your brain as you age too.

How Much Omega-3 Fatty Acid is in Fish?
Not all fish is created equal when it comes to omega-3 fatty acid content. Here's how to find out how much omega-3 is in your favorite types of fish.

Why Don't Total Fats and Types of Fats Always Add Up?
Sometimes when you add up the amounts of each type of fatty acid on a food label or nutrition information webste, the number isn't the same as the total fats. Find out why.

Can I Take Flax Seeds With Oatmeal?
Flax seeds contain fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Oatmeal contains fiber and protein. Flax and oatmeal make a heart-healthy combination when you serve them together.

What is Fractionated Oil?
Fractionated oil is used to make waxy chocolate coatings. It doesn't appear to be bad for you, especially since it's eaten in small amounts.

Walnuts
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids and may improve your heart health. Learn more about walnuts.

What Foods are High in Fats?
Fat is found in a wide variety of foods. Here's a look at which foods are high in fat.

Nutrition Questions and Answers: Fats and Oils
Got a question about fats? I may have answered it already. Here's a list of the most common questions I hear about fats and oils -- and my answers.

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