For optimum health, don’t cut out all fats; you should eat healthy fats (meaning the monounsaturated/polyunsaturated) each day, according to Canada’s Food Guide. But even some of those are better than others.

The following four foods are all good in that they are low in saturated fat and have zero cholesterol.

Here’s what’s in one tablespoon in terms of calories and fat:

• Olive oil 120 calories, 14 grams fat (2 grams saturated)

 

• Margarine (non-hydrogenated) 105 calories, 12 grams fat (2 grams saturated)

• Peanut butter 90 calories, 7 grams fat (1 gram saturated)

• Avocado 24 calories, 2 grams fat (1 gram saturated)

My pick as a spread is avocado, hands down

When that midmorning hunger hits, there I am spreading a quarter of an avocado onto a piece of wholegrain toast or a few crackers.

A squeeze of lime gives it some zip, and this is a snack that sets you up until lunch time.

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