food has some fat in it. Your body needs some fat to be healthy. But some kinds
of fats are healthier than others.
In a low-fat eating plan, you
try to choose healthier fats and eat fewer unhealthy fats. Healthy fats include
olive and canola oil. Try to avoid eating too much saturated fat (such as in
cheese and meats) and trans fat (a type of fat found in many packaged snack
foods and other baked goods).
You do not need to cut all fat from
your diet. But you can make healthier choices about the types and amount of fat
Even though it is a good idea to choose healthier fats,
it is still important to be careful of how much fat you eat, because all fats
are high in calories.
Eating foods that
contain saturated fats can raise the LDL ("bad") cholesterol in your blood.
Having a high level of LDL cholesterol increases your chance of hardening of the
arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to coronary artery disease and heart
Trans fat raises the level of "bad" LDL cholesterol in your
blood and lowers the "good" HDL cholesterol in your blood. HDL cholesterol is
important. It helps clear the bad cholesterol from your blood so it does not
clog your arteries. A high level of HDL can lower your risk of having a heart
Include only about 2 to 3 tablespoons of unsaturated fat each day. Be sure to count any oils used in cooking, dressings, margarines, mayonnaise, or other foods with fat.
If you're not sure how much fat you should be eating or how
many calories you need each day to stay at a healthy weight, talk to a
registered dietitian. He or she can help you create a plan that's right for
cheese, butter, sausage, and desserts can have a lot of unhealthy fats. Try
these tips for healthier meals at home and when you eat out.
When eating out at a restaurant
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter W495 in the search box to learn more about "Learning About Low-Fat Eating."
Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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