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March 1998 Issue

Sorting Out the Fat and Calorie Facts About Oils and Margarines

Q. I heard that olive oil and canola oil are healthier than other oils. Is that because they contain fewer calories? A. No. All oils,including olive and canola, are pure fat, containing about 14 grams of fat and 120 calories per tablespoon. Olive and canola oil are considered to be better for you because they're rich in monounsaturated fats. (More on "mono's" next month.) All fats and oils contain monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated

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