After reading the following you might want to consider taking the following unhealthy foods out of your diet if you want to live a long and healthy life. Although genes play a role in your development, the food you put into your mouth every day plays a much bigger role in how healthy you really are. Number One Margarine The process used to make a liquid oil, the common pale yellow and spreadable consistency we’re used to, produces an incredibly unhealthy product. It doesn’t matter if you start with the best quality extra virgin olive, the final product is still an unhealthy food. Margarine has been promoted as cholesterol free and a healthier choice than good old butter, however margarine is very high in trans fats, this actually elevates cholesterol and damages the blood vessel walls. A surprising fact is that margarine is still recommended by health authorities including the Australian Heart Foundation who also promote reducing dietary trans fats. There are loopholes in labelling that allow margarines to claim that they are ‘virtually’ trans fat free. What about those cholesterol lowering margarines? By using extra virgin olive oil liberally in your diet you will get the same dose of phyto sterols. Many foods also contain phyto sterols, for example fruits and vegetables, flaxseed or linseed meal, nuts, seeds and legumes are all rich sources.