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HEALTH-CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS ARE INFLUENCING WAY WE EAT

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Today's health-conscious consumers are influencing the way Americans eat.

As one example, edible oils, such as sunflower or soybean oil, are often used in salads and with canned products.Nutritionists say more people now check these oils for saturated fat levels, which can raise blood cholesterol and risk of heart disease. Wider use is also being made of canola oil, developed in Canada from the rapeseed plant, which has .9 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon compared to 2 grams for soybean oil.

High in healthful fatty acids, canola is available as salad oil and in other products. In canned tuna fish, where soybean oil was the industry standard, at least one leading brand is now being packed in canola oil.

Each drained 2-ounce serving, it is claimed, is now totally free of saturated fat.