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Fat

20-30% of calories eaten each day should come from fat. Fat provides energy, makes up your hormones, and provides insulation and protection for your organs. There are three types of fats:

  1. Saturated fats: Saturated fats come from animal products and should be less than 10% of the fat in your diet.
  2. Unsaturated fats: Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the "healthy" fats. They come from plant products such as avocados, nuts, and olive or canola oil.
  3. Trans fats: Trans fats come from processed snacks, shortening, baked goods, and stick margarines. This sort of fat should be avoided completely.

Apple vs. Donut

  • One serving of fat has approximately 45 calories and 5 grams of fat. Examples of one fat serving include:
    • 1 tsp. of oil, butter, margarine, or mayonnaise
    • 1 tbsp. of salad dressing, cream cheese
    • 1/8 of a large avocado

Find out what Harvard has to say about Fats.

Last updated: 12/18/2013 8:10:12 AM