* They help your body assimilate Vitamins A, D, E, and K.
* They help keep your skin youthful and healthy.
* They give you "staying power" and keep you from getting hungry right after a meal.
But, as we noted earlier, saturated "hard" fats raise your blood cholesterol level and increase the risk of heart disease. What you must do, therefore, is to reduce your intake of saturated fats and rely as much as possible on polyunsaturated fats to provide the fat your body needs.
You'll find polyunsaturated fats in most liquid vegetable oils, including sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean oils. Olive and peanut oils are not as high in polyunsaturates.
Beef, pork, lamb and processed meats are high in saturated fats, but chicken (without the skin) and fish are low in saturated fats. You can improve your health significantly by substituting chicken and fish for red meat at dinner twice a week.
Spreads, Margarines and Butter
Butter is an animal fat, and that means, it's high in saturated fats. It will raise your blood cholesterol level.
Not all margarines are alike. Some will help lower blood cholesterol more than others. Try to find a margarine that has at least twice as much polyunsaturated fat as saturated fat. Read the nutrition label on the package. Not all margarines provide this information on the label, but many of them do. If the margarine in your supermarket don't list the saturated and polyunsaturated fat content, write to the manufacturer and inquire.
Spreads such as: Smart Balance have been around awhile now. But to many people they are still the new "kid" on the block.
I started using Smart Balance products (mayonnaise,peanut butter) right after they first joined the market. I have to admit they are good products, and they will let you print coupons.
Smart balance is a Buttery Spread that is an excellent source of Omega-3. It is a patented blend of oils that have no hydrogenated oils--0g Trans Fats. It is an excellent source of Omega-3 ALA (320mg per serving.(20%Dv)). It is also an excellent source of Vitamins D, B6, and B12.
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