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Common Myths About Cholesterol, Foods and Fats

Here, we set the facts straight regarding popular myths about heart health.

By Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RD, FADA

 

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February is Heart Health month, which should have you thinking about how well you are treating your own heart. If you are trying to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, or your doctor has said that you need to lower your cholesterol, you are probably trying to keep a close eye on your diet.

This does not mean that you must avoid all your favorite foods. What it might take is substituting different ingredients in a recipe or stir-frying a food rather than deep fat frying it.

Learning the difference in the types of fat that we eat and where these fats are found in our food is also important to controlling the cholesterol levels in our blood.  Taking precautions today could prevent a heart condition tomorrow.

Here are some of the most common myths and facts that you should know.

Myth: The healthiest diet is one that limits all fats.

Fact: You need to get 25-35 percent of your total calories from fats because your body can’t manufacture some essential fatty acids that it requires for proper functioning.

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