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How Much Dietary Fat Do We Need?

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Q. How much dietary fat do we actually need?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) we should restrict our dietary fat intake to 30% of our calories. Heart Associations suggest 20-30%, while some experts believe that we may actually need as little as 10% of our calories in the form of fat.

However, fat quantity is not just the only issue: type of fat is also important. Certain types of fats (e.g. omega 3 fats) from wholefoods like nuts, seeds and oily fish, is now viewed as essential to a healthy diet.

If you want to lose weight, a reasonable daily fat target is 30 grams, of which no more than 10 grams should be saturated fat.

If you have high cholesterol, you should reduce your fat intake even further and reduce your saturated fat to an absolute minimum.

Warning! Low fat doesn't necessarily mean low-calorie. Many low-fat products contain extra sugar, so please check labels and when possible choose low-fat and low-sugar.

See also:
Saturated Fat
Poly-unsaturated Fat
Mono-unsaturated Fat
Trans Fats

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