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What types of carbohydrates and fats should I buy?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Meats, dairy, and oils are foods that typically contain higher amounts of fat. To reduce the amount of unhealthy fats in our diets, opt for leaner meats, low-fat dairy, and oils such as olive or canola. Foods that contain healthy fats, like omega-3s, include walnuts, flaxseed, and fish. Foods with carbs include fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains. Vegetables and fruits can be bought fresh, frozen, dried, or canned. When purchasing frozen, dried, or canned foods, look for labs like “low-”, “no added”, or “reduced” sodium and sugar. For grains, whole wheat pastas, rice, and other bread products are healthier options than chips or white rice.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Make smart choices by selecting fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, including 100% whole-grain bread, brown rice, or steel-cut oats. Select whole foods such as fresh vegetables and lean meats. These all provide slow, sustained releases of energy for long-lasting fuel.  If you do crave something sweet, head for the produce aisle, and pick out your favorite seasonal fruits such as pears, apples, or blueberries.

Processed sweets and goodies also contain saturated and trans fats that clog arteries and stunt weight loss. Instead, purchase items rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, like avocados and nuts.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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