Diets should be low in saturated fat

People should strive to follow a diet that is low in saturated fat, it has been claimed.
Aldo Zilli, Heart UK ambassador and Italian chef, explained this approach does not necessarily mean eating food that is low in fat, but does entail avoiding animal fats such as butter, lard, full-fat dairy products and pastry.
Individuals should swap these for more lean meat and poultry, fish, nuts and vegetable spreads.
Mr Zilli stated: “It’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetable (including beans, peas and lentils) and wholegrain cereal products. Include some foods such as nuts, oats and soya.”
He recommended a number of items consumers should seek to fill their cupboards with, including healthy spreads, leaner cuts of red meat and olive, nut, sunflower and rapeseed varieties of oils.
Those who love cheese should opt for stronger flavours – and use less of it – or choose a lower fat version of their favourite cheese type.
Mr Zilli suggested sandwich lovers pick canned tuna, salmon, lean chicken and hummus as their fillings of choice, while nuts and fruit are ideal snacks.

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