How Much Fat Should You Eat?


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Mayo Clinic indicates individuals should get between 20 and 35 percent of daily calories from fat, or between 44 and 78 total grams of fat per day, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. The daily limit for saturated fats is between 15 and 22 grams daily, or 7 to 10 percent of the overall caloric intake. People should consume less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day.

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Health.gov states the daily limit of fat for a 2,000-calorie diet is 65 grams and that people should limit fat to 80 grams of fat per day in a 2,500-calorie diet. For 1,600-calorie diets, individuals need to eat no more than 53 grams of total fat. Daily saturated fat recommendations include 20 grams or less for 2,000 calories, 25 grams or less for 2,500 calories and 18 grams or less for 1,600 calories.

The American Heart Association explains people who want to lower LDL cholesterol should consume no more than 13 grams of saturated fat per day. This amounts to 6 percent of a person's total daily calories on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats have no daily recommendation, but Mayo Clinic suggests foods rich in these types of healthy fats are better than other types of fats. People should still stay within the daily limit for total fat with these healthy fats.

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