2. Margarine and solid vegetable shortening
Solid vegetable shortening and certain margarines are rich in saturated fats and trans fatty acids. Choose non-hydrogenated soft margarine, olive oil and canola, safflower, sunflower, cotton and soybean oil instead.
In addition, several studies show that people 50 to 59 years old can reduce their risk of heart disease by 25 percent after only two years if they eat only margarines containing plant sterols, since they help to lower cholesterol. You can also find them in yogurt, cheeses and salad dressings.