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Looking to cut the fat in your diet? Here are a few tips from "Foods That Harm Foods That Heal: An A-Z Guide To Safe and Healthy Eating" (Readers Digest, $30).

* Remove the skin from poultry before eating it.

* Limit meat to three to four ounces per serving and buy extra-lean ground beef.

* Cook stews and soups in advance. Chill them and skim off the fat before reheating them.

* Avoid fried foods and use a nonstick pan and vegetable oil spray for sautéing.

* Mash potatoes with low-fat yogurt or buttermilk and add chives and parsley for flavor.

* Choose broth-based soups instead of cream soups.

* Don't use nondairy creamers and toppings. Most are made with saturated fat, palm oil or coconut oil.

* Choose English muffins, bagels or pita instead of croissants, muffins or doughnuts.

* Eat sherbet, sorbet, gelato or frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.

* Substitute applesauce, banana or puréed fruit for part of the fat in recipes.

* Order cappuccino or latte made with low-fat or skim milk.

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