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Healthy Cooking – What Foods to Avoid

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With all the information about obesity and health related

problems, the spotlight has been turned on the excessive

consumption of fats and high cholesterol foods. Today the

market offers a wide range of low fat and fat free foods

to reduce the intake of fats. Let us look at what foods to

avoid, to maintain a healthy cooking standard.

Cheese is a great source of calcium and protein for the body

regardless of how it is consumed. However, cheese has a very

high fat content and this is definitely not good for the

body. It is possible to still enjoy cheese by choosing no

fat or low fat options. Yogurt is now available in no fat

plain varieties and feta cheese can replace the high fat

cheddar cheese used in salads and other dishes.

Fats are found in full force in butter, shortening, oils

and margarine. You can start by reducing the quantity of

butter or oil used in cooking preparations and slowly move

on to substituting things like mashed banana or applesauce

(unsweetened) for the fat that goes into baking. The taste

will be novel and not really bad at all.

Meat and fish contain a certain amount of fat that can be

reduced by trimming all the visible fat from the meat and

removing the skin from poultry. Choose fresh fish rather

than canned fish in oil for fish preparations. Substitute

ground turkey meat for beef and try to use more beans and

vegetables than meat in your food preparations.

Milk has a high fat content, but is essential for the calcium

it provides the body. Opt for skim milk or soya milk. Don’t

use cream in any of the dishes and use yogurt as a substitute

whenever appropriate.

Dressings such as mayonnaise and store bought sauces have

a very high fat content and plenty of calories. It is better

to prepare low fat dressings by using vinegar, olive oil,

fresh herbs and spices instead. Mustard for sandwiches is

another fat free option.

Start using the oven and the microwave more than the frying

pan for cooking healthy foods. Frying foods results in way

too many calories and plenty of fat that just sits in the

fried items. Grill your food or broil, poach, roast or bake

food and you will be engaging in healthy cooking techniques.

Try to give up fried foods altogether at least when you cook

food at home. The occasional binge at a fast food place is

alright to keep the cravings for fried foods at bay.

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