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Is it "Good" Fat or "Bad" Fat?

Learn how to read food labels for healthier shopping

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The extensive archives of Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee, a popular weekly Internet-based electronic media program that explores complex issues of health care policy and public health, have been made available to Access Excellence. The topics and materials selected by AE's editors address National Science Education Standards and/or National Health Education Standards, are included in middle and high school science and health curricula, and are of particular relevance to middle and high school teachers and learners.

Is It "Good" Fat or "Bad" Fat? (1/17/2007)

Questions answered by this presentation:

  1. What are the different types of fat?
  2. Which is better for you, butter or margarine?
  3. In a typical American supermarket, what percentage of the foods contain trans fats?
  4. What are the three "fat messages" to live by?
  5. Why is it important to read food labels?

Related Links

Good Fat -- Bad Fat (WebMD)
Know which is which and where to find each kind.

How to read the Nutrition Facts food label (Mayo Clinic)
The label can help you compare products for nutritional quality.

Percent Daily Value (Mayo Clinic)
What does Percent Daily Value mean on food labels?

Smart Nutrition 101 (USDA - Nutrition.gov)
What do you know about serving size?

What are Fats? (Whole Foods Market)
Learn about the functions of fat in your body

The New Nutrition Label (CFSAN)
Trans Fat Now Listed With Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on the Nutrition Facts Label

Reading Food Labels (American Heart Association)
Now that you can read food labels, here is what they mean.

Butter vs. Margarine (Cleveland Clinic)
Which should you choose?

News from New York City (NYC Board of Health)
New York City restaurants required to remove trans fats

Eat at Home for Your Own Good (U.S. News and World Report)
Eating at home is the best way to know what you are eating.

Links updated: 19 January 2009
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