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Trans fat substitutes: Not always better

Updated: 02-26-2013

Sure, you're trying to avoid trans fat. But don't think that because a food is free of trans fat it is automatically good for you. Some trans fat substitutes, such as coconut and palm oil, contain a lot of saturated fat. A little saturated fat is OK, but too much raises your bad cholesterol. Monounsaturated fat, found in olive, peanut and canola oils, is a healthier option.