The Dish: Live Fat-Sensibly This Summer

Updated:Jan 11,2014
Fats - The Dish with Dr. Eckel Column (640 px)Summer means traveling, swimming and enjoying delicious summer foods with family and friends.  The American Heart Association can help you stay heart healthy and eat “fat-sensibly” this summer with these helpful tips.

Try some of our better fats recipes for your next pool party or family get-together. Take steps toward a fat-sensible lifestyle by substituting the “bad” fats, saturated and trans, with the “better” fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.

Monounsaturated fats can be found in liquid vegetable oils such as olive and canola oils and many nuts and seeds such as almonds. Peanut butter and avocadoes are also good sources. Polyunsaturated fats include omega-3 and omega-6, essential fats that your body needs but can’t produce. These fats can be found in oils such as soybean and corn oils and in many nuts and seeds such as walnuts. Fatty fish like salmon and trout are also good sources.Fats - Pepper Bites (spot)

Grill “fat-sensibly” with fish, skinless chicken breasts and lean meats. Remember to use a rack so the fat drips away from the food. Serve leafy greens, fruit salads and raw vegetables instead of greasy chips and mayonnaise-based salads and sides. Try making a fruit smoothie with low-fat yogurt and cut back on commercially baked goods. For more fat-sensible ideas, check out our summer barbeque tips.

My Fats Translator is a great calculator that can help you figure out your personal daily calorie and fat limits in only a few simple steps. Just input your age, gender, height, weight and physical activity level. You’ll get your personalized daily consumption limits for total fats, saturated fats and trans fats. And don’t forget to check out the different “base,” “better” and “best” food scenarios.
With our heart-healthy and flavorful recipes, summer barbeque tips and My Fats Translator, you can make better choices and live “fat-sensibly” all summer long.

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