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Most diet experts agree that Americans eat too much fat. A low-fat diet in children beyond infancy can help prevent obesity and the dangers it causes to health. Use the diet suggestions below for general good health or for dietary treatment of your child's condition as recommended by your doctor. Portions recommended are for children age ten or older. Younger children should eat proportionately less.
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Carbonated beverages
  • No restrictions
  • 4 servings or more a day of whole-grain or enriched cereals
  • White,whole wheat, rye,or French bread
  • Plain rolls
  • Saltines
  • Graham crackers
  • Wheat crackers
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Biscuits
  • Cornbread
  • Pancakes and waffles,unless made with allowed vegetable oils, egg white, and skim milk or buttermilk
  • Doughnuts
  • Commercial coffee cakes
  • Cheese crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Rusks
  • Angel food cake
  • Cakes and cookies with skim milk, oil, and egg whites
  • Fruit pie and cobblers (or pastry made with allowed oils)
  • Fruit whips
  • Fruit meringues
  • Gelatin desserts
  • Puddings and custards made with skim milk
  • Sherberts
  • Fruit ices
  • Desserts containing butter or margarine, chocolate, cream,egg yolk (unless from day's allowance), shortening or whole milk(such as ice cream or regular puddings)
  • Commercial cakes
  • Cookies
  • Pastries
  • EGGS
  • Egg whites as desired, but limit egg yolks to not more than 3 per week, including those used in cooking
  • Low cholesteral egg subsitute
  • FATS
  • Corn oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Non-hydrogenated vegatable oil
  • Sunflower seed oil
  • Commercial mayonaisse and salad dressings
  • Peanut oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Trim all visible fat on meats
  • Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut oil
  • Cream
  • Lard
  • Hydrogenated(hardened) fats
  • Margarine(except non-hydrogenated vegetable oil)
  • Bacon drippings
  • 2 servings or more a day
  • Avocado
  • 5 ounces daily total of lean meat, fish or poultry(trim all visible fat from meat before cooking)
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Sapsago cheese
  • Mozerella cheese
  • Specially prepared low-cholesteral cheeses
  • Mature shelled beans and peas
  • Peanut butter(for second entree when possible)
  • Barbeque (using only sauce without oils), broil, boil, or roast on a rack so fat will drip out
  • Nuts(particularly peanuts and walnuts if caloric allowance permits)
  • Tripe
  • Beef, veal, or liver once a month
  • Liver
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Bacon
  • Salt pork
  • Sausage
  • Lunch meat
  • Frankfurters
  • Brisket
  • Shortribs
  • Club, porterhouse and T-bone steaks
  • Prime rib roasts
  • Cheese (except those allowed)
  • Any fish prepared with fats other than oils allowed
  • Cashew nuts
  • MILK
  • 1 1/2 pints a day of skim milk or buttermilk
  • Cocoa prepared with skim milk
  • Whole milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Bulgarian buttermilk
  • Beverages containing chocolate(note:cocoa is allowed)
  • Ice cream
  • Ice milk
  • Eggs
  • Cream
  • MISC.
  • Herbs
  • Catsup
  • Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Spices
  • Gravies made from pan drippings skimmed free of fat
  • Popcorn cooked in oil or non-hydrogenated vegetable oil margarine
  • Olives(use sparingly)
  • Coconut
  • Buttered popcorn
  • White or sweet potato
  • Brown or restored rice
  • Corn
  • Hominy
  • Enriched grits
  • Macaroni or noodles
  • Dried beans and peas
  • Fried potatoes and potato chips (unless not cooked in oil)
  • Meat and chicken soups (soups should be cooled and fat removed from the top before reheating and serving)
  • Fat-Free broth and bouillion
  • Soups made with skim milk and allowed vegatable oil-margarine
  • Any soup made with butter, ordinary margarine or whole milk
  • Most canned soups
  • Gumdrops
  • Hard candy
  • Homemade candy without cream, whole milk, chocolate, or butter
  • Honey
  • Jam
  • Jelly
  • Jelly beans
  • Marshmellows
  • Mints made with allowed ingredients
  • Molasses
  • Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Candies containing fats such as butter, chocolate, cocoa butter, coconut, or cream
  • VEGE-
  • 2 servings or more of any vegetable
  • Do not cook with meat
  • Season with non-hydrogenated vegetable-oil margarine
  • Any vegetables prepared with butter, ordinary margarine, cream, salt pork or bacon grease
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