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What is the recommended daily fat intake?

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  • Agay riley, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    The maximum daily recommended fat intake is around 65 grams depending on your total calorie intake. The 3 types of fats are saturated (solid at room temperature) and usually from animals,  and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (liquid at room temperature) and mostly found in plants. About one third of daily fat intake can come  from saturated sources. The other 75 percent of fats should come from monounsaturated fats and essential fats Omega 3 fatty acids (alpha linoleic acid) and Omega 6 fatty acids (linoleic acid).

    These fats are considered essential because they are necessary for the body and must come from the diet.

    The three most nutritionally important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega 3 fatty acids are important in reducing inflammation, healthy blood clotting, maintenance of cell membrane fluidity so that nutrients/waste/and other biochemical compounds such as hormones and cell signaling can easily move in and out of the cells, and reducing cancer cell growth. Great food sources of omega 3 fatty acids are flaxseeds, salmon, walnuts, soybeans, sardines, to name a few. Linoleic acid is found in high concentrations in corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and canola oil. Most people get much more linoleic acid in the diet so it is a good idea to focus on getting more of the Omega 3 rich foods. Some monounsaturated food sources are olives, olive oil, avocados, beef tallow, cashews, macadamia nuts, and pecans which are necessary for heart health and have been found to lower LDL cholesterol and possible increase HDL cholesterol. Natural nuts especially are a great way to include the fats in your diet and are also high in minerals and vitamins.

    The bottom line is to get a variety of fats from whole food sources and for the most part, avoid processed, packaged, and fat laden fast foods.
  • AJan Campbell, Nursing, answered
    The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that your total fat intake for the day should be less than 35 percent of your total calories. Saturated fat should be less than 7 percent, trans fat less than 1 percent, and cholesterol should be less than three hundred milligrams per day. Saturated fat is the main dietary cause of high blood cholesterol. Saturated fat is found mostly in foods from animals and some plants. The animal fats include beef, veal, lamb, pork, dark poultry meat, butter, cream, milk, cheeses, and other dairy products made from whole and 2 percent milk. These animal-fat foods are all high in cholesterol. The plant fats include coconut oil, palm oil, and cocoa butter.
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