Here’s a concept for you: dietary fat is a NUTRIENT. That’s right, it’s not the enemy, but rather, something your body needs for optimal health. Here are some of the good things dietary fat does for you:
Of course, there are choices you can make to ensure your body’s getting the best kinds and the right amounts of dietary fat. Unsaturated fat (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids) are more healthful than saturated and hydrogenated fats. The American Heart Association recommends* that fat intake be 30% calories or less of total calories and that saturated fats account for 10% or less of total calories.
* For people without coronary heart disease, high LDL levels or diabetes. If you have any of these conditions, talk with your doctor about recommended fat intake.
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