First you need to understand what your limits are - that is, how much fat you should eat to have a healthy diet. Your limit depends on whether you have high cholesterol, heart disease, or diabetes. Then you need to understand how to choose foods and amounts to stay within those limits.
Whether or not you have high cholesterol, heart disease, or diabetes:
- Limit your total fat intake to no more than 25% to 35% of your total daily calories. Total fat is a combination of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fat. Keep reading to learn how to do this.
- Limit your saturated fat intake to less than 7% of your total daily calories.
These percentage limits come from the May 2001 National Cholesterol Education Program and the American Heart Association. But what do the percentages mean? How is this supposed to help you plan your meals? This is confusing for many people. Keep reading to learn more.