TLC Daily Food Guide to Lower Your Cholesterol
Fats and Oils
You can help to lower your blood cholesterol when you replace saturated fats with unsaturated fat. Just be sure to limit the total amount of fats or oils to keep calories in check.
When buying fats and oils, remember to:
A Word About Margarine
may have heard that margarine has a type of unsaturated fat called
"trans" fat. "Trans" fats appear to raise blood cholesterol
more than other unsaturated fats, but not as much as saturated fats.
"Trans" fats are formed when vegetable oil is hardened to become
margarine or shortening , through a process called "hydrogenation."
The harder the margarine or shortening, the more likely it is to contain more
"trans" fat. There are now margarines available that contain no
"trans" fats. You can also read food labels and choose margarines that
contain liquid vegetable oil as the first ingredient (rather than hydrogenated
or partially hydrogenated oil) and the least amount of saturated fat.
Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/).
Last Editorial Review: 3/21/2003