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What You Forgot About Dietary Fat

Many dietary fats are healthy. They give you energy and support cell growth, but they are calorie dense, and more so than carbohydrates are. Olive oil is a healthy fat, but do you know a tablespoon of it has around 120 calories? Use it in many dishes, but sparingly—splashing it on with abandon every day can add 3,500–4,000 calories to your diet each month! When you consider that a person who weighs 155 lbs. uses fewer than 100 calories to walk a mile, you can see how consuming even healthy fats can make you put on the pounds! To learn more, check out the book “Dietary Fats: Balancing Health & Flavor” from the International Food Information Council.


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