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Diet Tricks to Help You Live Longer (Page 3)

Low-fat or Nonfat Dairy

Tip 2. Choose low-fat or nonfat dairy.

Bad-for-you saturated fat isn’t just hiding in butter and lard and fatty cuts of meat. As writer and registered dietitian Karen Ansel recently pointed out in a story about the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in EatingWell Magazine: “In a 2009 study in the Journal of Nutrition, when researchers examined the diets of 350,000 American men and women, they found that the death rate was 20 percent lower during the 10 years of the study in those who consumed lean meat, low-fat dairy and few added solid fats, even after other differences were accounted for.” Choose nonfat or 1% milk in place of whole or 2%. Eat cheeses sparingly—and go for lower-fat varieties when you can.

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Next: Tip 3. Load up on whole grains. »


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