What You Need to Know About ... Dairy & Snacks

Cravings for snacks and desserts are the bane of most dieters. But you can indulge yourself without throwing your calorie count into overdrive

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS

Milk, cheese and other dairy products are terrific sources of protein and calcium--the latter a crucial building block of bones and teeth. That's why kids especially but adults too, should eat plenty. Yet dairy foods are also full of saturated fat, which are bad for your heart. Here's how to resolve the conflict:

COMFORT-FOOD FOLLIES

A nightly bowl of Haagen-Dazs may help smooth out the day's frustrations, but it also gives you 12 grams of saturated fat, 330 calories and 85 mg of cholesterol in a 4 oz. serving. You can satisfy your craving almost as well...

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