Reducing Fats and Oils in the Diet

by Clare Wood

For most people in western society, a high fat diet is second nature. Fats and oils are an essential part of our diet, the problem is we always exceed our needs. There are many health disadvantages to a high fat diet, such as becoming overweight, increased risk for heart problems and some cancers.

Where is fat found?

There are three main sources of fat in our diets:

  1. Naturally occurring fat in foods such as meat, chicken, full-cream dairy products and eggs.
  2. Added to foods during cooking and preparation, such as spreads for bread or fired foods.
  3. Added during the processing of foods, such as chips, cakes, biscuits and chocolate

Strategies to reduce intake of fats and oils:

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