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07-11-2006, 02:22 PM
Does anybody know about how much a saturated fats a person is allowed each day?? Or are they supposed to be cut out of your diet completely? I'm just scared that I am eating the wrong foods (although, I am staying under 1600 calories and 64 grams of fat per day).

Also, can somebody direct me to a website that shows types of foods that are good for you and the ones that are bad for you?

Thanks a bunch!!

07-11-2006, 02:37 PM
The reccommended allowence is 20 grams a day.... according to....

07-11-2006, 02:39 PM

This site is great, type in fruits veggies and meats, and it will tell you the nutiriional value....

07-11-2006, 02:40 PM

Suzanne 3FC
07-11-2006, 03:09 PM
The American Heart Association and other organizations recommend that saturated fats take up no more than 7% of your daily calories. (some go as high as 10%) If you are on a 1600 calorie diet, you can spend 112 calories on sat fats. Fat contains 9 calories per gram, so that would be 12 1/2 grams of sat fat. Someone on a 1200 calorie diet would be allowed up to 9 grams of sat fats.

07-11-2006, 04:23 PM
I am a little confused on this too..
Saturated and trans fat, are they the same?

Suzanne 3FC
07-11-2006, 04:40 PM
Trans fats are different and should be completely avoided. Have you ever noticed "partially hydrogenated vegetable oils" on an ingredient label? That's trans fats.

Saturated fats would include the fats from animal sources, such as beef or whole milk, and certain plant oils such as palm or coconut oils that are solid.

The AHA has a great article on the various types of fats and which are good for you or should be limited.

07-11-2006, 07:23 PM
Thanks.. I will have a read up on this later on today.

I need to get it locked in.. trans, sat, polyunsat.. ugh.. confusing.

07-11-2006, 07:35 PM
I usually think about it like this (these are not absolutes, these are guidelines):

Plant-based fat - mono, poly fat - usually good for you, like avocado, nuts, olive oil (some tropical oils are not great - like palm)

Animal-based fat - saturated fat - like steak, eggs, not that great for you (fat in salmon is okay)

Man-made fat - trans fat - partially hydrogentated, used in a lot of packaged baked goods, crackers, microwave popcorn and to stabalize regular peanut butter, very very bad, no safe levels recommended

07-11-2006, 08:02 PM
The American Heart Association recently released their recommendations on trans fats - less than 1% of total calories.

So if you eat 1500 calories, that is 15 calories from transfats which is 1 2/3 grams. The annoying part is stuff with hydrogenated oils can be labeled as tranfat free as long as a serving contains less than .5 grams. So a manufacturaer can reduce a normal serving of something that has 1 gram transfat, down to 1/2 that and label it as transfat free. This just bugs me!!