low-fat diet


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low-fat di·et

a diet containing a minimal proportion of fat. Diets containing low amounts of fat and cholesterol are designed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, specifically atherosclerosis. A low-fat diet should derive fewer than 10% of its calories from saturated fat (for example, meats, dairy products) and should be low in cholesterol (less than 300 mg/d) and trans fatty acids (for example, hydrogenated oils as in stick margarine and shortening) and rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and legumes. See: atherosclerosis, free radical.

low-fat diet

A diet that is low in fats, particularly saturated fats; low-fat diet foods include fruits, vegetables, beans, pastas, grains, breads, nuts, chicken and turkey, seafood (cod, flounder, lobster, scallops and shrimp are low in fat) and minimal red meat (except for venison). Low-fat diets have a positive effect on arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity and strokes.

low-fat diet

A diet low in fats, especially saturated fats, which has a positive effect on arthritis, CA, ASHD, DM, HTN, obesity, and strokes. See Diet, Low-fat snack; Cf Animal fat, High-fat diet.

low-fat di·et

(lō-fat dīĕt)
One containing a minimal proportion of fat. Diets are designed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, specifically atherosclerosis.

low-fat di·et

(lō-fat dīĕt)
Diet containing a minimal proportion of fat designed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, specifically atherosclerosis.
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This study indicates that a Mediterranean diet, with increased intake of either olive oil or mixed nuts, is more protective against CVD than a recommended low-fat diet. It also shows that advising patients at high risk to follow a Mediterranean diet, providing dietary counseling, and monitoring them for adherence, rather than simply recommending a low-fat diet, can significantly decrease the risk of stroke.
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Meanwhile, those in the "about right" group are slightly more likely to pick the low-fat diet (66%) than are their overweight counterparts (59%).
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The truth is, according to the organization, that research shows patients transition fairly easily to a low-fat diet containing no animal products, and most rate this diet as "good" or "extremely good."
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