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Health Tip: Managing Dietary Fat

Suggestions for choosing better foods

(HealthDay News) -- Some fats are an essential part of a balanced diet, but there are "good" fats and "bad" fats.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to manage your consumption of fat:

  • Avoid fast foods that contain unhealthy trans fats.
  • Don't eat too much red meat. Instead, opt for leaner sources of protein such as fish, poultry and vegetables.
  • Bake with canola oil, and cook and season with olive oil. Use olive oil to top a salad or in place of butter on bread.
  • Avoid too many potato chips in favor of soy or peanuts without salt.
  • Top a salad with avocado, nuts or garbanzo beans.
  • In place of butter, opt for margarine that's liquid or in a soft tub container. Choose margarine that is low in saturated fat and doesn't contain trans fat.
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