Food variety is key to
Cholesterol:make the healthy choice
- Pay attention to the fats you consume; take our Fats Quiz to test your knowledge.
- Say "no" to trans fats! Avoid saturated fats as well.
- Monounsaturated fats are better for you than saturated and trans fats. Polyunsaturated fats, like Omega-3 fats, are best of all.
Where to start
Food Guide is a
great place to start.
Fats and oils are made mostly of fatty acids. There are four main types of fatty acids.
In general terms, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids are the healthier fats, and they should be included in your diet. Saturated and trans fatty acids are the unhealthy fats.
Get your own copy of Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. Follow its recommendations for lower-fat dairy products, leaner meats, and foods prepared with little or no fat.
Avoid fried foods, and don’t re-use frying oil more than once.
- Be label-aware
Read the labels on pre-packaged foods: it is now mandatory for foods to list trans fat on their nutrition label.
- Go soft
Choose soft margarine labelled as trans fat free or made with non-hydrogenated fat.
- Snack wisely
Help children eat healthy by encouraging snack choices like fruit and vegetables, milk, yogurt and whole-grain cereal.