Saturday, November 18

What's the right amount of saturated fat?

Question. I read an article about a doctor's research that says eating more protein and fat can help with weight loss and better health. But the article also mentions that these foods contain saturated fat, which we were told to limit. Can you explain why this is confusing?

Answer. You're right that we've been told to limit saturated fat because it can raise harmful cholesterol levels. However, there is disagreement about how much we should limit it. Some experts say 5-6% of our daily calories, while others say 10% is okay. A dietitian suggests a middle ground of 7%, which is the amount found in the Mediterranean-style diet mentioned in the article.

The dietitian analyzed the menu in the article and found that it had the right amount of saturated fat for a heart-healthy diet.

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