Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

20. How can I lower the amount of fat in my diet?

Here are steps you can take to lower the fat in your diet.

  • Choose seafood, lean poultry (with the skin removed) or lean cuts of meat.
  • Trim off any extra fat before cooking.
  • Limit whole dairy products. Use low-fat or fat-free dairy products and salad dressings.
  • Use non-stick pots and pans, and cook without added fat.
  • If you currently use butter or other saturated fats, switch to unsaturated vegetable oil or a nonfat cooking spray instead.
  • Broil, roast, bake, stir-fry, steam, microwave, or boil foods. Avoid frying them.
  • Season your foods with lemon juice, herbs, or spices instead of butter.