Saturated fat is known to cause numerous health problems that those with diabetes are already at higher risk for. That being said, you do not have to give up on some of your favorite foods just because they are naturally rich in this substance. As always, there are substitutes for high fat foods that can be located in most supermarkets. Next time you plan on going grocery shopping, keep these suggestions in mind when it comes to choosing healthier alternatives to your favorite fatty foods.
- Replace traditional dairy products which tend to be high in fat with skim, low fat or vegan varieties.
- Avoid creamy dressings, and stick to low fat options such as vinaigrette, balsamic, sesame ginger and olive oil.
- Stay away from fattening condiments such as mayonnaise, and instead try using healthier alternatives such as mustard and tabasco sauce.
- If you crave red meat, make sure to buy lean cuts that have reduced amounts of saturated fat.
- Trade out one whole eggs for egg whites instead, as the former is loaded with saturated fat due to the yolk.
- Always choose broth based soups over cream varieties which tend to be loaded with fat
- Sherbet, fruit bars and smoothies are always better choices than icecream, candy bars and milkshake when it comes to reducing your fat intake. However, many of these naturally contain a high amount of sugar, so watch your consumption of them!
Following these tips can help you start reducing your fat intake, but we recommend talking to your nutritionist or doctor to develop further strategies on how to continue eating healthy.