Mom's home cooking may still be the best in town, but if Mom is a traditional cook, the foods and methods she uses should be substituted with leaner fare, according to Joanne Caid, registered dietitian.
"One way we can lower our risk for heart disease is to reduce intake of fat, keeping in mind that diet is just one controllable factor for a disease that has many causes," said Caid, a professor of food science and nutrition at Cal State Fresno. "Other important factors include exercise, smoking and drinking."
"By making some simple substitutions and changing the way we prepare food, we can cut out unnecessary fat while still eating the foods we enjoy," she said.
A Nice Substitute
Low-fat yogurt, for instance, subs nicely for salad dressings when mixed with lemon, herbs and spices. Post this checklist of other smart substitutes on your refrigerator, or take it to the grocery store with you as a reminder: