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A low-fat diet is usually used to help with weight loss or weight maintenance, and prevention and treatment of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes. Many low-fat diets are also vegetarian, although anyone can follow a low-fat diet, whether or not they are vegetarian.
Low-fat = lower on the food chain. Emphasize whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and avoid higher fat dairy and meat products. See our articles on the Dean Ornish Diet and the Pritikin Diet Program for more low-fat information.
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