Fat controlled diet (1903)

Key points below

What is a fat-controlled diet? 

This means that your child must eat a diet that is low in fat. Your child’s doctor has recommended this type of diet. Don’t worry! There are many low-fat foods to choose from.
Your child’s total daily fat goal is ____grams per day.

How do I know if a food is low in fat?

Use the Nutrition Facts label!

1.Check the serving size. Compare the label serving size with how much your child really eats.

2.Check total fat. Generally, look for foods that have 3 grams of total fat or 0 grams of trans fat. 

3.If your child eats more than one serving, multiply the number of servings by the grams of total fat to calculate the total grams of fat your child eats. 
Example: You eat 2 cups of this food (2 servings)

What do all those sayings on the labels mean?

Nutrition labels can be confusing. This table shows what the words on labels mean.

Fat free
Less than ½ gram fat per serving

100% fat free
Meets requirements for “fat free” as there is less than ½ gram fat per serving

Low fat
Three or less grams fat per serving

Reduced fat
At least 25% less fat when compared to similar food

Saturated fat free
Less than ½ gram saturated fat per serving

Low saturated fat
One gram or less saturated fat per serving; no more than 15% total calories from saturated fat

Reduced saturated fat
25% less saturated fat when compared with similar food

What are some good food choices for my child?

Use the following lists of foods to help you make good choices that are low in fat. There are many more foods than what it on this list that you may choose from. It is important to always read the food label to determine the exact amount of fat in each food.


Breads and grains Serving size Grams of fat


1 slice 1-2 
Cereals 1/2 cup-3/4 cup 0.5-2 
Rice 1/4 cup
Noodles 1/2 cup 0.5-1
Reduced Fat Crackers 5 crackers
Baked chips 1 ounce
Oatmeal 1/2 cup 
Eggs/milk Serving size Grams of fat 
Skim milk 1 cup 0
Egg beaters 1/2 cup 0
Eggs (scrambled, poached)  1 4.5
Other dairy products Serving Size Grams of fat 
1% cottage cheese 1/2 cup 1
Light string cheese 1 item 2
Fat-free pudding 1/2 cup 0
Fat-free ice cream  1/2 cup 0
Fat-free cream cheese  2 tablespoons 0
Light sour cream  2 tablespoons 2
2% American cheese 1 slice 2
Shredded mozzarella 1/4 cup 4.5
Fruits Serving size Grams of fat 
Fresh 1 small piece 0
Fresh, diced 1/2 cup 0
Strawberries, blueberries 1/2 cup 0
Frozen 1/2 cup 0
Avocado 1/5 fruit 5
Fruit juice  4 ounces 0
Vegetables Serving size Grams of fat 
Fresh 1 cup 0
Fresh/frozen/canned (cooked) 1/2 cup


Sweet potato fries (baked) 12 items 5
Vegetable juice 4 ounces 0
Fats and sweets Serving size Grams of fat 
Butter 1 tablespoon 11
Margarine 1 tablespoon 4
Fat free salad dressing 2 tablespoons 0
Fat free cookies 1 cookie 0
Reduced fat vanilla wafers 8 wafers 1.5

For other health and wellness information, check out this resource: https://kidshealth.org/ChildrensWi/en/parents



Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or dietitian if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.