Daily Challenge Sunday Jan. 29, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Learn how to avoid high-fat foods when ordering in a restaurant.

How to do it

Visit the website of the American Heart Association at http://www.heart.org/HEARTO... to learn which words mean that a dish is high in fat. This will help you better understand the menu the next time you eat out and help you steer clear of the less healthy offerings.

Why it matters

Fried foods are high in calories and low in nutritional value, but that's only the beginning of the bad news. A lot of restaurants deep-fry food in oils that contain trans fats, which does a double whammy on your heart health. Trans fats lower your "good" cholesterol (HDL) and raise your "bad" cholesterol (LDL), which can increase your risk of heart disease. But if you arm yourself with the lingo, you can make better choices the next time you're in a restaurant.

Fun fact

Some unusual foods that have been deep-fried at state fairs include spaghetti and meatballs on a stick, pizza, and Swiss cheese.


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