How can I get low-fat dairy in my diet?

Tips for meeting your target include the following:
  • Use low-fat milk or soy milk on whole grain cereals.
  • Choose enriched soy milks and other milk substitutes. For example, many soy milk brands are enriched with calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D. Drink it plain, on cereal, or as a milk substitute in any recipe.
  • Give yourself time to adjust to the taste of low-fat milk or soy milk. With time, most people come to enjoy these heart-healthy alternatives just as much as the “originals.”
  • Watch out for nondairy whipped toppings and coffee creamers. These often contain a lot of saturated fat. Check the labels, and keep an eye out for low-fat or fat-free toppings and creamers.
  • Try powdered milk. It usually comes in low-fat varieties and is easy to prepare and store. Adding 1 cup powdered milk to a ½-gallon carton of skim milk makes it taste richer.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Choosing low-fat dairy foods is one of the most effective ways to cut calories. Start by looking at the dairy foods you already eat and finding lower-fat alternatives. Do you have whole or 2% milk at home? Switch to 1% or fat-free. Similarly, look for nonfat or low-fat yogurt, part-skim ricotta, and low-fat or fat-free sour cream. There's no need to switch entirely to fat-free dairy foods. Instead, find the right balance for you.

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