The Big Bad Bullies
Watch out for these boys on the street–saturated fats. They are bound to raise your cholesterol levels and increase your risk for heart disease. Where do these bad boys roll? In meat and poultry, in dairy products like cream and butter, in whole and 2 percent milk, and in some plant foods like coconut and palm oil. So while good girls like bad boys, keep your relationship with these baddies in moderation. Limit saturated fat to less than 10 percent of your total daily calories.
Trans Fats ought be ashamed of themselves! Disguising their fugliness under the name “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,” these unsaturated fats are bad as it gets since they have been chemically altered to prolong their shelf life. Think packaged and processed foods. Trans fats raise bad LDL and lower good HDL, increasing inflammation throughout the body. They are the poster boys for heart disease and you can find them spreading their evil in shortening, margarine, doughnuts, french fries, and processed foods such as crackers, cookies, chips, and cakes. How much do you need? A little over zero.
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