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Fat-free foods are always the best choice.

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Fat-free foods are always the best choice.

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False.  Naturally fat-free foods like fruits and vegetables are always a good choice. Fill half your plate with them at each meal.

But processed fat-free foods like desserts and salad dressings are not always healthy. Think 100-calorie packages -- not so great!

These "fake foods" often have added sugar and can leave you hungry and craving more.

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Chips will go straight to your thighs but an apple won't.

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Chips will go straight to your thighs but an apple won't.

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False.  An apple is the healthier choice. But the calories from fatty foods like chips are no more "fattening" than from fruits. Fatty foods don't go straight to your thighs or butt.

For fatty foods, remember:

  • Keep your portions reasonable. Read the label to see what 1 serving is.
  • Don't eat them every day.

There's such a thing as "skinny fat."

There's such a thing as "skinny fat."

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True.  Even if your weight is normal, you can still have too much body fat compared to muscle to be healthy. You may have heard it called skinny fat. Doctors call it "normal weight obesity" and it is bad for your heart.

Be good to yourself – eat healthy foods and get active for 60 minutes a day instead of dieting. Being fit is more important than being thin.

Olive oil is good for you.

Olive oil is good for you.

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True.  It can be hard to believe that anything oily can be healthy. But olive, canola, and other plant-based oils have lots of those healthy "good" fats that help your heart. One to two tablespoons of olive oil a day is just about right.

Other foods with good, healthy fats are:

  • Avocados
  • Oily fish like salmon

Butter is always worse than margarine.

Butter is always worse than margarine.

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False. Years ago, people switched from butter to margarine. Why? Butter has saturated fats, which are bad for your heart.

Then they discovered stick margarine has trans fats, which can be worse.

Instead of butter or margarine on your bread, try dipping it in a little olive oil. Remember two tablespoons a day max, is enough.

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Nice work! You know the story on fat.

Next, test your ice cream knowledge or see if your snacks are supersized.

Not bad! Looks like you picked up some new facts about fat. It's not your enemy -- just choose wisely when you eat it. Read food labels and avoid too much saturated and trans fats.

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Alright, looks like you learned the facts about fat. It’s all about making healthy choices like choosing reasonable portions. And not eating too many trans fats and saturated fats -- check your food labels.

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