The American Heart Association recommends reducing saturated fat to no more than 6 percent of total daily calories for people who need to lower “bad” cholesterol.
The AHA suggests how to limit saturated fat:
- Eat more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts. Limit red meat. high-fat dairy products, and sugary foods and beverages.
- Chose unhydrogenated vegetable oils such as canola, sunflower or olive oil.
- Use soft margarine as a substitute for butter. Look for “0g trans fat” on the nutrition facts label.
- Doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies and cakes are examples of foods high in trans fat. Limit these in your diet.
- Limit commercially fried foods and baked goods made with shortening or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.