Get the Best of Poultry and Dairy Products – Healthy Living Part 6

In the last a few parts of “healthy living”, we have learnt about the foods such as: fish, meats and soup to eat on a low fat diet. In this part we are going to describe poultry and dairy products.

Among all the poultry, chicken and turkey are excellent sources of animal proteins for low-fat, low-cholesterol content, provided lean poultry is used. But the dark meat of poultry is higher in fat content than white meat. Chicken legs are dark meat and can be much more fatty than breast portions.

However, duck and goose are extremely high in fat and should not be included unless the fat is drained off and removed. Skinless duck and goose have similar calorific and fat content than the equivalent skinless chicken.

The fat from chicken and turkey is still best drained off and removed in the same manner as in the preparation and cooking of all meats, even though it is much less quantitatively than that in meat.

Eggs are an important source of protein, essential vitamins and minerals and can make a significant contribution to a healthy diet. Egg whites, which are proteins, may be eaten and used for cooking as much as desired. The yellow portion of the egg, or the yolk, contains one of the most concentrated forms of fat available-namely cholesterol, and therefore should be avoided.

Milk is highly rich in various nutrients and therefore people over all age groups should consume dairy products. One pint or more daily of non-fat or skim milk should be taken. Buttermilk is also a refreshing source of milk with an exceedingly low-fat content. Other dairy products such as yogurt and cheeses contain an efficiently absorbed form of calcium.

Cheese is a food consisting of proteins and fat from milk, usually the milk of cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep. The majority of cheeses cannot be used in the low-fat diet, as they are very high in butterfat content.

Nonetheless, some cheese like cottage cheese is one of the several important exceptions. It is a soft, fresh-curd variety of cheese that has been made from dry curd and non-fat milk, specified by federal law and must contain a minimum amount of butterfat to meet legal requirements. And it has long been popular with the dieting crowd.

One of the most frequent pitfalls in the use of cottage cheese is the user’s failure to notice that often she is using or buying creamed cottage cheese, which of course does contain fat. This creamed cottage cheese can be corrected by washing it out with cold water through a strainer.

Various brands of cottage cheese that taste like creamed cottage cheese are available, such as “Slim Cheez” or Ricotta Cheese made from milk whey and a favourite of Italian cooks. Cheese spreads or dips made from non-fat or cottage cheeses are also widely used for low-fat menus.

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