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Full-fat Dressing

Full-fat foods not only taste better but also serve a real health purpose, as long as you get the right amounts of the right kinds. Aim for at least 10 percent of your daily fat intake to come from monounsaturated fats, judge Keri Gans, RD, says. These fats reduce your risks of heart disease and stroke—a big deal, since coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women.

Omega-3 fatty acids also lower heart disease risk and may help decrease symptoms of depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and other ailments. Plus, “when you have a meal that includes a little fat, you tend to feel more satisfied, so you eat less,” Gans says. Still, no more than 30 percent of your daily calories should come from fat—even the good kind.

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