Thursday, February 11, 2010

Myth: “Cholesterol free” foods are heart healthy.

Answer: Busted!

Almost everyone knows that it is a good idea to limit foods high in cholesterol. The food companies know this as well and that is why they are selling numerous products labeled “cholesterol free”. However, many products labeled “cholesterol free” may still be high in the artery clogging saturated fats and trans-fats and may not be heart healthy. Saturated fats and transfats will raise your blood cholesterol levels. Limiting how much saturated fats and trans fats you eat is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease.

So, even if a label boasts “cholesterol-free”, read the Nutrition Facts Label carefully to help you choose foods that are heart healthy. Eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, lean meats and fish is always healthier for you. Don’t be persuaded by misleading advertising.

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