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We presented the first article of our two-part series on foods that you thought were healthy but are not quite.

This is the concluding part.

6. Margarine

Margarine is supposed to be healthy because it is low in cholesterol-clogging saturated fat and high in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fat than butter.

But somewhere along the way came another kind of fat: the currently reputed 'bad boy of all fats': trans fats.

To help foods stay fresh on the shelf or to get a solid fat product like margarine, food manufacturers hydrogenate polyunsaturated oils (hydrogenate means to add hydrogen).

This procedure converts this so-called healthy food into an artery-clogging, cholesterol-raising killer.

You are probably better off sticking to butter. Although it is high in saturated fat, once we compare its effects on your health with margarine, it is the lesser of the two evils. It tastes better as well!

Text: Rustom Warden

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