What’s your daily saturated fat intake? Do you know?
There is so much information on this type of fat, it got me thinking. What and how much is in my diet and is it really bad for the body?
In the 1950’s Dr. Ancel Keys wrote a paper on saturated fat linked to heart disease. Although there is not a lot to back up his claims, many believe his theories to this day.
In fact, some studies indicate eating less of this fat, will not protect you from heart disease. However, many still seem to believe this type of fat is bad for you and the message it can cause heart disease is still being advised.
Fortunately for you and I, the medical world has discovered Keys may have it wrong. A high daily saturated fat intake may not be causing the health problems as first thought.
Daily saturated fat amount is 7% to 10% of the number of calories you eat daily
The foods to eat less of, so you don’t cause any health problems is, cheese, butter, cream, and processed meat (sausages, bacon, salami).
Red meat is considered a food containing high saturated fat levels and often recommended to avoid. I agree if the meat is from a factory farmed animal. If you are eating organic, grass fed meat then you have nothing to worry about.
If you eat healthily there is no reason to stress about this type of fat.
Take me for example, I took a good look at the food I am eating and my daily saturated fat intake.
Clearly, I am a person who is getting too much of a good thing.
I actually eat lots of food high in saturated fat, furthermore, pizza on occasion is my favourite junk food.
Daily Saturated Fat Intake How Much Is Too Much
Turns out I am very healthy, my cholesterol levels are perfect, my heart health is good and my weight is stable.
I am neither overweight or too thin.
This I put down to the fact I don’t care about food high in saturated fat. I just eat foods I believe are good for me and enjoy.
I don’t order skinny lattes when I go out, I like to eat cheese, eggs, and bacon on occasion. A small piece of dark chocolate nearly every day, I eat chicken, fish, and beef every week, and I don’t go out looking for lean cuts either.
Everything in moderation and you can’t go wrong.
What is the point of stressing about what you eat!
If I worried about my daily saturated fat intake, I could not be happy nor enjoy my food.
The obvious way for you to lower this fat intake is to go on a low-fat diet.
On the other hand, this has proven over the long-term to actually make you sick. It is not a healthy way to lose weight and feel good.
It seems one of the healthiest diets to follow is the Mediterranean diet. It will give your body the right amount of calories and saturated fat is minimal.
Food High In Saturated Fat Can Improve Your Health
Avoid junk food, eat everything else your heart desires, maybe go a little less on the bacon and cheese. Nevertheless, do enjoy what you eat.
Looking younger for your age is letting go and not worrying so much about stuff that doesn’t need your energy if it feels good, do it.
It is not the daily saturated fat intake that is a worry.
Worry if you eat lots of biscuits, cakes, pastry, bread, fried food, margarine, and doughnuts.
If you are eating any of the above foods daily or even weekly then there is definitely a concern regarding trans fat.
Avoid Trans fat if you can.
If you feel the need to get worked up over something, get excited about the amount of sugar you have in your diet.
Sugar is something I make an effort to cut out of my diet.
So, what’s the outcome?
Be happy, enjoy healthy food and stress less about your daily saturated fat intake.