~Fats, Oils, and Sweets Group~
Why should fats, oils, and sweets be a limited part of your daily diet?
Foods containing high amounts of fats, oils, and sweets provide added calories to your body with little
or no nutritional value. They seldom provide the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
Eating too much saturated fat can raise blood cholesterol levels and can increase the risk of heart disease.
Eating excessive fats, oils, and sweets can also lead to obesity. This is becoming a growing problem
for kids in America today. Many are becoming overweight, but they can prevent this problem by limiting the
amount of fats, oils, and sweets they eat. Some foods to avoid eating excessively include "fast food"
(french fries, onion rings, etc.), donuts,
candy bars, and other foods high in sugar and fat.
The Food Guide Pyramid recommends eating foods in the fats, oils, and sweets group sparingly. These foods should
be thought of as an occasional "treat" and eaten seldom.
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