Getting to the Heart of a Healthful Diet: Fats
Butter vs. Margarine
- Compare trans fat content. Try to find spreads with no trans fats.
- Look for the Daily Value for saturated fat and choose the lowest amount.
- Try alternative spreads made with:
- Soybean oil
- Canola oil
- Olive oil
How to Make the Change
- Use more fat-free or low-fat dairy like milk, cheese, yogurt, or cream.
- Look for lean cuts of red meat (look for Round or Sirloin)
- Substitute meals of red meat with fish.
- Replace solid fats in recipes with oil when possible.
- Try to enhance a meal with a handful nuts, beans, legumes, or seeds when you can.
- Try using walnuts or sunflower seeds as a snack substitute.
- Eat food with natural oils, like olives, nuts, avocados, or fish.
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- Reviewer: Brian P. Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/20/2012 -