What is the recommended daily fat intake?

Jan Campbell
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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At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.

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