We have all held some sort of food in its original packaging and thought to read the “Nutrition Facts” on the back. Here we read how many calories, protein, sugar, vitamins, calcium, iron, etc. What many read and not give it second thought is “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat.” Why are there three? What’s the difference between them? We usually just forget about it and enjoy the food anyway.
Total fat is generally known as the type of fat you eat that makes a difference in your diet. The amount of total fat you consume impacts your energy level, caloric intake, and overall health. Generally when people here the word “fat” or “total fat” people think to steer clear but fact of the matter is, you do need to have some sort of fat intake. To keep your total fat intake in moderation, your daily intake of total fat should be about 25 to 35 percent of your total daily caloric intake. This can vary based on how physically active you are on a daily basis.
Saturated fat are fats that come from products consumed via animals. These tend to be meat, dairy, and eggs. With that said, they can too come from plant products like coconuts, palm, and palm kernel oils. Saturated fats are the fats you generally want to avoid as much as possible as they are known to raise bad cholesterol levels.
Trans fat are you unsaturated fats. Don’t go ahead and assume that because they are essentially the opposite of saturated fats that they are good for you. Trans fats can do harm in lowering your good cholesterol levels and raising your bad cholesterol levels.
In the grand scheme of things, the American Heart Association believes you should limit your saturated fats to less than 7 percent of your daily calories and trans fats to less than 1% while also keeping cholesterol intake under 300 milligrams daily.