Why 30 percent?
No one can say exactly what a healthful fat intake is for a given individual, let alone for everyone. A majority of public health experts have supported the 30-percent guideline because they felt it was lower than what Americans are currently consuming, but not so low as to discourage compliance. Some scientists have proposed that we should strive for fat intakes closer to 25 or even 20 percent of daily caloric intake. Such levels would require greater changes in dietary habits for most Americans. Continue reading “Dietary fat: Playing the numbers game. Part 4”
Percent of what?
Fat intake recommendations are given as a percentage of daily caloric intake, because a healthful fat intake can probably vary depending on how much food you are eating. Daily calorie intake goes up with size and activity level. In general, larger and more active people metabolize more calories and more fat, so a higher fat intake is not harmful, so long as one is not overweight (overfat). Continue reading “Dietary fat: Playing the numbers game. Part 3”
What’s in a gram?
A gram is a unit of weight, about 1/28 of an ounce. Why measure fat in grams? Well, that’s how nutrition scientists do it, and it’s a convenient measure because it gives us reasonable numbers — single and double digits, with no decimals. It’s a unit that’s easy to count. Continue reading “Dietary fat: Playing the numbers game. Part 2”
I know this is probably a stupid question,” a client says as she approaches you after class. “I’ve often read that it’s important to limit fat intake to 30 percent or less. I guess some people say 20 percent or less. But I’ve never really understood what this means for me and my diet. Continue reading “Dietary fat: Playing the numbers game. Part 1”