Beneficial Cooking OilsDo you get enough fat in your diet? The average American takes in plenty of saturated fats from animal products such as whole milk, dairy products and red meat. A person may have three large meals a day that contain animal products.
Since the 1950s, we have been consuming increasing amounts of saturated fat products on an annual basis, weighing in at an average of 57 pounds more meat, about 125 pounds less of eggs, over 22 pounds more cheese, and 30 pounds more from other fats (butter, margarine) and oils per person each year.
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, you should get less than 10% of your total calories from saturated fats; adults 19 and older should limit their fat intake to 20 to 35% of their total daily calories. The American Heart Association recommends lowering saturated fat intake to five to six percent of your daily calories if you need to reduce your cholesterol levels.
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