What About Fat?
Fat in your diet gives you energy and certain vitamins. But too much fat can be bad for your heart and blood vessels and can lead to heart disease. Fat is also high in calories.
To lower the fat in your diet:
- Choose lean cuts of meat, fish, or poultry (with the skin removed).
- Trim off any extra fat before cooking.
- Use low-fat dairy products and salad dressings.
- Use non-stick pots and pans, and cook without added fat.
- If you do use fat, use either an unsaturated vegetable oil or a nonfat cooking spray.
- Broil, roast, bake, stir-fry, steam, microwave, or boil foods. Avoid frying them.
- Season your foods with lemon juice, herbs, or spices, instead of butter.