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Cutting back on fat

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Too much fat is bad, but it’s hard to know where it is lurking. You can guarantee it’s in everything we enjoy, and it can be hard to know how to cut down.

Saturated and unsaturated fat

 

There are two types of fat in the foods we eat – saturated and unsaturated fat. To help our bodies absorb vitamins and stay healthy, we do need a bit of fat in our diets. Too much fat can build up in the body, leading to serious problems such as a stroke or heart attack. Eating too much fat can make you put on weight. You will find saturated fat in things like cheese, biscuits, cakes and fatty meats like streaky bacon. This type of fat tends to be solid at room temperature. You can still enjoy the foods you love, but by making healthy changes you can cut back on fat.

Bad fat is saturated fat – this is the one we really need to watch in our diets, it builds a bit your body leading to high blood cholesterol and increases your chances of developing heart disease.

Good fat is unsaturated fat – replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fats can lower blood cholesterol stop

Simple food swaps and by changing the way you prepare and cook your food, can help you cut back on fat.

A few ideas for reducing saturated fat:

Use low-fat milk and cereal, it has half the saturated fat of semi-skimmed

Use back bacon instead of streaky, grill it don’t fry

Use a lean mince, Brown first then drain off the fat before adding the other ingredients

Try to use thick, straight cut chips or oven chips stop cook them in the event with a drizzle of sunflower oil don’t fry

Don’t use butter, use a low-fat spread

A good healthy salad can be ruined by adding mayonnaise, it’s really high saturated fat. Try to use low-fat options.

Healthier options include pasta, sandwiches, bagels, pittas and rolls – just be careful what filling you put in them. By using a low-fat spread, low-fat meats like chicken and tinned fish will help you cut back on your fat intake.

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