Less than 10% of your daily calories should come from saturated fat.
If you eat 1800 calories a day, less than 180 calories should come from saturated fat.
1800 calories x 10% (0.10) = 180 calories
There are 9 calories in one gram of fat. Therefore, the above recommendation is equivalent to less than 20 grams of saturated fat.
- 180 calories of saturated fat ÷ 9 calories per gram = 20 grams
of saturated fat
Too much saturated fat can increase your cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease. Reading food labels and cutting back on the most common sources of saturated fat can help you meet the above recommendations.
Be aware that a company can claim ’0 grams of saturated fat’ if a product has less than 0.5 grams of saturated fat per serving.
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