Let's all remember that there are various claims by numerous organizations that give info about food content and the effect on the body and blood chemistry. When I have a question about nutritional content, I go to a qualified source, such as a nutritionist, and am suspect even then as I have been told one thing by my nutritionist, and yet another by my doctor.
New info is learned almost daily about the consequenses of both good and bad nutrtion. It is generally believed (as far as my research has taken me) that nut oils, avacado oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and most seed oils are much healthier than vegetable oils (definately if they have been hydrogenated), and animal fats.
Also, the body manufactures chlesterol and new study has shown that genetic disposition is far more important than dietary fat where blood chemistry is concerned. But dietary fat does play a role. Also, there is some controversy concerning the safety of Canola Oil.
There are no easy, and pat answers. You need to do the research and make your own decisions. And remember, company claims are unreliable. The reason the claims are made is not to inform you about the health aspects of a product, but to sell the product. I remember a bread company once saying on the lable that the bread had something like 400% of the fiber required. It turned out that the public got wind of the fact that this particular brand was adding sawdust to their bread dough. It got pulled from the shelves.
Though I have studied much on nutrition, I am by no means a nutritionist and would advise everyone on this site that we are all cooks, and mostly ameture ones at that, even if veryu good ameture cooks. We can't play doctor. If it's a guess, then where health is concerned, we shouldn't be ginving it. If we have true knowledge about some aspect of nutrition, and can back it up with respected resources, then by all means, share it.
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