How can I cut back on fat if I have gestational diabetes?

If you have gestational diabetes, you need to be careful about fat, especially if you’re having excess weight gain. Here are some tips:
  • Buy lean protein foods, such as poultry, roast beef, ham, and fish. Limit lunchmeat, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs.
  • Remove all visible fat by removing the skin of poultry and trimming fat from meat.
  • Bake, broil, steam, boil or grill foods.
  • Avoid frying. If you do fry foods, use nonstick pans, vegetable oil spray or small amounts (1 to 2 teaspoons) of oil.
  • Use skim or low-fat (1%) milk and dairy products.
  • Limit or avoid adding extra fat, such as butter, margarine, sour cream, mayonnaise, avocados, cream, cream cheese, salad dressing or nuts.
  • Stay away from convenience foods. These are often higher in carbohydrate, fat and sodium.
  • Avoid instant noodles, canned soup, instant potatoes, frozen meals and packaged foods.

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