Use olive oil if you need extra oil for cooking or dressings
Olive oil is an easily digested, mono-unsaturated oil and is a good source of vitamin E. Extra virgin cold pressed oil is best. It is the basic oil of the healthy Mediterranean lifestyle. Cretans in particular have the second lowest rate of heart disease in the world.
Butter or margarine? Should you eat saturated fats or polyunsaturated fats? Margarines are highly processed and refined foods. If you keep your fat intake low, you can allow yourself butter and cream ( 1oz / 25g of each per day ) Both these are pure, natural foods.
You can eat butter and cream in moderation
Butter is an excellent source of vitamin E and is pure dairy fat. Single cream is 20% fat and is a good source of vitamins A, E and D.
A certain amount of fat is essential in our diet. Provided that your overall intake of fat is kept low, butter and cream will enhance your lifestyle and help you maintain your health.
Don't smother starch meals in fat.
A healthy starch meal can easily be overloaded with an unhealthy fatty sauce. A baked potato with a small lump of butter or potato chips dipped in olive oil and drained before roasting in the oven make excellent meals, but if the potato is soaked in fat, you will suffer all the risks of a high fat diet.
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