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- Healthy Eating
- Canada's Food Guide
- Nutrition Facts
- The Facts on Fat
- Trans Fat
- The Function of Nutrients
- Planning Healthy Meals
- Eating Out
- Healthy Eating for Life
- Special Occasions
- Advice From Our Dietitians
How much fat should we eat each day?
Having no more than 20-35% of our daily calories from fat is a healthy intake. This means about:
- 45 – 75 grams of total fat each day for women
- 60 –105 grams of fat each day for men.
The type of fat we consume is just as important – choose the healthy type (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated ) more often, and limit the unhealthy type (saturated and trans fats).
How can we manage the fat in our diet?
- Include a small amount – 30 to 45 mL – (2 to 3 tablespoons) of unsaturated fat each day. This includes oil used for cooking, salad dressings, margarine and mayonnaise. Read more about fat and oil here.
- To moderate the amount of fat you eat:
- Read the Nutrition Facts table on food labels and choose foods lower in fat
- Look for products with no added trans fats, or ones with the least amount of trans fat.
- Choose soft margarines that are non-hydrogenated and trans fat free
- Choose foods that are not fried – if you do fry foods use oils that are higher in monounsaturated fats like canola or olive oil.
- When purchasing packaged foods, look for ones with the Health Check symbol
- When eating out, avoid fried foods and foods in rich sauces. Ask your waiter for nutrition information on menu items.
- When eating out, look for restaurant’s menu items that have the Health Check symbol.