Avoid foods that are "lite/low-fat/nonfat"! Because removing the fat from foods doesn't necessarily make them non-fattening. Carbs can also make you fat. Many low/nonfat foods boost the sugars to make up for the loss. While demonizing 'fat', we give a free pass to other, allegedly "good" nutrients.
Since the low-fat campaign began in the late 1970's, Americans actually have been eating more than 500 additional calories per day, most of them from refined carbohydrates; like sugar. The result is the average male is 17# heavier the average female is 19# heavier than in the late 1970's.
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Eating unsaturated fats, including polyunsaturated & monounsaturated fats, can help to lower triglyceride levels.Reduce triglyceride levels by eating fish or fish oil. Polyunsaturated & monounsaturated fat reduce blood levels of triglycerides. Trans fats and saturated fats raise them. Too much fat around your waist, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high blood sugar &abnormal cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome & stroke. Read lables please!
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