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Heathful types of fat include those found in nuts and seeds, vegetable oils and oily fish.
Heathful types of fat include those found in nuts and seeds, vegetable oils and oily fish.
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Leslie Beck: Some low-fat options can actually expand your waistline

If you order your salad with fat-free dressing (just starch, sugar and salt), pass on nuts in favour of pretzels (white flour, salt and corn syrup) or read nutrition labels to choose foods low in total fat, it may be time to shift your nutrient focus. Your low-fat food decisions, based on a decades-long dietary warning to eat less fat, could be harming your health – and robbing your diet of disease-fighting nutrients.