Low Fat Diet

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Indications: Gallstones, high cholesterol, weight-loss

Recommended Foods:

Dairy – Skim milk, nonfat sour cream, nonfat yogurt, low or nonfat cottage cheese

Meats – Poultry without skin, veal and meats trimmed of fat, lean pork

Breads & Cereals – Whole grain cereals, steamed rice, unbuttered popcorn


Fruits & Vegetables – Lettuce and tomato salad, steamed spinach, all steamed or raw vegetables, all fruits

Desserts – Sherbert, nonfat frozen yogurt, angel food cake, vanilla wafers, fatfree cakes and cookies


Foods to Avoid:

Dairy – Whole milk Cream, sour cream Cheese and cheese spreads


Meats – Fried or fatty meats (spareribs, hamhocks, corned beef), bacon, fish canned in oil, fried eggs in butter or oil, luncheon meats


Breads & Cereals – Doughnuts, muffins, pancakes, waffles, fritters, stuffing, fried rice, potato chips, granola-type cereals


Fruits & Vegetables – Fried vegetables or those in cream, cheese, or butter sauces, cream soups, avocados


Fats & Oils – Any fat in excess. Limit to three servings per day

(one serving = 1 tsp. margarine, veg. oil, or butter or 1 tbsp. salad dressing)


Low-Fat Sample Menu




Orange juice

Bran cereal


Whole wheat toast

Jelly or jam

Nonfat milk



Fatfree vegetable soup

Turkey sandwich on sourdough with lettuce and tomato (no mayo)

Fresh fruit salad

Fatfree cookies

Soft drink



Baked or grilled skinless chicken breast

Steamed rice

Steamed vegetable (e.g. broccoli, green beans, or cauliflower)

Baked potato with nonfat sour cream (no butter)

Nonfat frozen yogurt

Nonfat milk



Rice cakes

Fresh fruit

Fruit juice


Dr Scott Levenson and Dr Roger Kao may recommend special diets for your condition: