Lowering Fat Intake Guidelines


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Judy J. Davis, M.D., F.A.A.P.

1095 E Warner Ave #102

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 412-8184 Fax (559) 438-1174




1.  Eat Fewer Fried FoodsDo you eat these foods?Lower fat Ideas:

French Fries                  Grilled Sandwich

Fried meats       Cheese curls

               Deep-fried foods       Corn dogs

Onion rings       Tempura

Donuts        Fried snacksTry fresh fruit or crunchy, raw vegetable

Potato Chips       Hash Brownssnacks, popcorn, pretzels or rice cakes.

Refried beans       Fried Chicken


2.  Use Low Fat Cooking MethodsDo you use these fats?             *Recipe Repair*

Bacon grease               Butter

Mayonnaise       Lard

Margarine       ShorteningBroil, bake, barbecue, boil, steam or

Chicken fat       Oilsmicrowave instead.


3.  Eat Fewer Fatty FoodsDo you eat these foods?Lower fat ideas:


Cream saucesFrostings

Chicken skinChocolates

Creamed soupsNut butters

   Creamy saladPastriesUse mustard on sandwiches instead of

Dressings Cookiesmayonnaise. 


4.  Eat Fewer Fatty MeatsDo you eat these foods? Lower fat ideas:

BaconPrime Rib



Hot dogsHamburger

Chicken wingsTri-tip

PastramiRib eye steakSelect leaner meats such as top round or

BolognaT-bone steakflank steak.  You may want to try a meatless



5.  Choose Lower Fat Dairy Do you eat these foods?Lower fat ideas:


Whole milkPuddings


Half and halfSour Cream

High fat cheesesIce Cream

Cheddar, Swiss,Cream CheeseUse lower fat cheeses like Mozzarella or

JackWhipped CreamString cheese. 


6.  Eat No More Than 30% of Read food labels to find the fat:Lower fat ideas:

     Daily Calories As Fat.Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (248g)                Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals,

Servings per Container: about 3.5rice, pasta and beans in place of high fat foods.

Amount Per Serving

Calories 210Calories from fat 10

              % Daily Value

Total Fat 1 g           2%

   Saturated Fat           0%My Daily Fat Gram Budget:

   Polyunsaturated fat 0.5 g            

   Monounsaturated fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg.                            0%

Judy Davis, MD, FAAP

Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics

Fellow Sub-Board American Academy of Pediatric Gastroenterology

American Board of Nutrition

Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco

Revised 10/16

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