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Choosing Low-Fat Foods


 

Eating healthy foods doesn't mean losing flavor. You can choose and prepare low-fat foods that your family will enjoy. Just follow the advice below.

Breads, Cereals, Rice and Pasta

Whole-grain breads are low in fat; they're also high in fiber and complex carbohydrates. Choose these breads for sandwiches and as additions to meals.

Avoid rich bakery foods such as donuts, sweet rolls and muffins. These foods can contain more than 50% fat calories.

Hot and cold cereals are usually low in fat.  Instant cereals with "cream" may also have high-fat oils or butterfat.

Avoid fried snacks. Try the low-fat or baked versions.

Vegetables and Fruits
 

Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day.

Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, and they add flavor and variety to your diet. They also contain fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Margarine, butter, mayonnaise and sour cream add fat to vegetables and fruits. Instead, use herbs and yogurt as seasonings.

 Poultry, Meat, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs and Nuts

Poultry
Baking, broiling and roasting are the healthiest ways to prepare poultry. Skinless poultry can be pan-broiled or stir-fried. Use either a nonstick pan or  try to bake.

Remove skin and visible fat before cooking. Choose low-fat breast cuts. Chicken breasts are a good choice, since they are low in fat. Only use duck once in a while, since this is high in fat.

Beef, Pork, Veal and Lamb
Baking, broiling and roasting are the healthiest ways to prepare meat. Lean cuts can be pan -broiled or stir-fried. Use either a nonstick pan or try to bake.

Trim outside fat before cooking. Trim any inside, separable fat before eating. Select low-fat, lean cuts of meat..

Use herbs, spices, fresh vegetables, and nonfat marinades to season meat. Avoid high-fat sauces and gravies.

Fish
Poaching, steaming, baking and broiling are the healthiest ways to prepare fish. Fresh fish should have firm, springy flesh, a clear color, a moist look and a clean smell. If good-quality fresh fish isn't available, buy frozen fish.

Most seafood is low in saturated fat. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in some fatty fish, like salmon and cold water trout, may help lower the risk of heart disease in some people.

Cross-Over Foods
Dry beans, peas and lentils fit in either the meat and meat-alternatives group or the vegetable group. They make tasty low-fat main dishes that are good sources of water, fiber and protein.

Milk, Yogurt and Cheese

Choose skim milk or buttermilk. Substitute evaporated skim milk for cream in recipes for soups and sauces.

Try low-fat cheeses. Use part-skim mozzarella instead of cheddar cheese in recipes. Try low-fat natural or cheddar cheeses. Use 1% cottage cheese for salads and cooking. Use string cheese as a low-fat, high-calcium snack.

Plain non-fat yogurt can replace sour cream in many recipes. Try frozen non-fat or low-fat yogurt for dessert.


This is a general overview on this topic and may not apply to everyone. To find out if this handout applies to you and to get more information, talk to your doctor.

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