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10 Food Swaps to Make Your Heart Healthy

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Instead of Using Regular Cooking Oil

10. Use olive oil cooking spray or a cooking spray mister (

Avoiding certain saturated fats can be one of the keys to heart health (being a healthy weight and eating "right" also matter), so switching your current oil (e.g., palm or corn oil) to olive oil, which has some "good" fat, can help. The Food and Drug Administration actually lets olive oil manufacturers make a health claim stating that 2 tablespoons of olive oil daily "may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease."

However, just because olive oil is heart healthy doesn't mean you can use it with impunity -- it still has 120 calories per tablespoon. So use it to replace existing fat in your diet. And use it sparingly, or try a cooking mister or spray.

Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, founder and editor of, the health and fitness network, and author of The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible. Copyright 2008 by Charles Stuart Platkin. All rights reserved.

Reprinted with permission from, May 2008.

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