List of Low Saturated Fat Foods

With the increasing demands of work, school and other outside activities, it can often be difficult to fit clean and healthy meals into our diets. Unfortunately, thanks to the nutritional content of fast and processed foods, this generally means higher amounts of saturated fat. According to the American Heart Association, saturated fats have the ability to raise blood cholesterol, which can lead to a number of health risks, including coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Considering this, it is necessary to include low-saturated-fat foods into your diet as often as possible while avoiding those high in saturated fat.

Fresh vegetables and fruits are low in saturated fats. Credit: Monkey Business Images/Monkey Business/Getty Images

Lean Meats

Lean meats such as chicken and fish are low in saturated fats. Credit: mathieu boivin/iStock/Getty Images

Meat products generally contain high amounts of saturated fat. However, with the right meat choices, you can use this food source as a healthy way to keep your saturated fat count low. When choosing low-saturated fat meat products, it is necessary to read the pack carefully to determine the fat content. As far as chicken and fish are concerned, most cuts you can buy will be fairly lean. Beef and pork, on the other hand, usually contain a higher fat content. Stick to 90 percent lean cuts and above. Try your best to avoid processed meats, bacon, hot dogs and fried food.

Fruits and Vegetables

Most fruits and vegetables contain very low amounts of saturated fats. Credit: mathieu boivin/iStock/Getty Images

The majority of both fruits and vegetables contain very low amounts of saturated fat. Instead, they are packed with healthy antioxidants and nutrients. Nearly all varieties of fruits and vegetables are solid low-saturated fat choices, including canned, frozen and dried. However, canned fruits packed in syrup should be avoided if possible. In addition, steer clear of vegetables cooked in excessive amounts of sauce and butter, as both of these items are generally high in saturated fat.

Dairy Products

Dairy products are another healthy option to consider. Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Dairy products provide another healthy, low-saturated fat content option. Stick to milk products under 1 percent fat. This means you're going to have to abandon the 2 percent fat milk and whole milk. Avoid hard cheese such as cheddar, Swiss and American, and try to consume only low-fat or skim cheese products. Both yogurt and frozen yogurt are also low in saturated fat, but ice cream and whipped cream should be left out.

Grains

Stick to whole wheat or multi-grain sources of bread and pasta. Credit: dulezidar/iStock/Getty Images

Grains cover all sorts of bread, cereal, pasta, rice and beans. To avoid high saturated fat content, stick to whole wheat or multi-grain sources of these products. Oatmeal, sweet potatoes and dried beans are also included in this category. Limit consumption of granola cereals and most store-bought muffins, pancakes and biscuits. The highest saturated fat grains sources include baked goods such as pastries, store-bought crackers and products that contain lard or butter or are made with hydrogenated oils.

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