Published On: Thu, Apr 4th, 2013

Limit high fat foods

By KIMBERLY LAMBERT

EBCI WIC PROGRAM

 

Eating too much saturated fat is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. A diet high in saturated fat causes a soft, waxy substance called cholesterol to build up in the arteries. Saturated fat also has a high calorie content which can also increase the chance of obesity.

French fries are a food high in fat and cholesterol that should be eaten in small quantities.

French fries are a food high in fat and cholesterol that should be eaten in small quantities.

Avoiding a high fat diet not only reduces the risk of heart disease, it also prevents heart attacks, stroke, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Other chronic health problems including type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer can be avoided as well.

Some tips to help limit the intake of high fat foods are as follows:

  • Skip the French fries or share a small order of French fries with your child.

French fries are high in fat, calories and have very little nutrition.

  • Limit potato chips and corn chips. Choose low fat corn chips and pretzels. Pour a small amount into a bowl and eat. Do not eat out of the bag- it’s too easy to overeat.
  • Choose skim or 1 percent milk for your family.    These choices have all the calcium as whole and 2 percent milk without the extra fat.
  • Eat less bacon, sausage and other high fat meats. Read the label and make healthy choices for your family.

 Kimberly is the nutritionist at the EBCI WIC Program. 

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