Health Watch — Food Choices: Bread Toppings

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Even if you’re trying to eat right, choosing the best food isn’t always easy. This week on Health Watch, we’ll look at some food choices you can make to improve your health. Occasionally, you’ll feel like you’re choosing the lesser of two evils. Take bread spreads, for instance. You learned to avoid butter because it was high in cholesterol and saturated fat. But now there’s all this talk about trans fats that are found in margarine, and those are supposed to be bad, too. What do you choose?

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a clinical nutritionist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the best choice is a soft or liquid margarine. The more solid a margarine is, the higher it is in trans fats. Another option is to take a cue from the Mediterranean and dip your bread in seasoned olive oil instead of using butter or margarine.


March 2007

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