It is recommend that about 30% of our diet come from fat but more important than maintaining a “low-fat” diet is the balanced intake of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Here’s a quick breakdown of the types of fat, their effects and where they come from. Use this to help you choose about 1/3 of your total fats from each category. It doesn’t have to be that scientific- just focus on adding more of the healthy monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats into your diet and less of the saturated fats and your dietary fat intake will balance itself out.
Brooke Uptagrafft, MD
Dr. Brooke is a family medicine doctor.