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Fats - Calories and Nutrition
Nutritional Information and Health Advice About Fats and Oils

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Diet Nutrition and Calories in Fats

Fats - Calories and Nutrition

The foods in this group are best eaten sparingly because, although they're an energy source, they contain few nutrients. They include fats, oils, margarine, butter, cream, refined sugar.

Don't be fooled into thinking that they're entirely 'bad' foods, though. Fat is actually an important contributor to your good health.

Fat - Nutrition and Calorie Facts

  • Fat transports fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K through your body.
  • Fat cushions your internal organs.
  • Fat makes food taste nicer.
  • Fat contains essential fatty acids (EFAs), which are thought to have a positive effect on the health of your heart and immune system.
  • Fat is a concentrated source of energy.

It's this last point that has got fat such a bad reputation. Just 1g of fat provides 9 calories - more than double the calories in 1g of protein or carbohydrate. This means that if you eat a lot of fatty foods, you're likely to put on weight. However, understanding unsaturated and saturated fats can help.

Saturated and Unsaturated

Fat can be divided into two groups - saturated and unsaturated.

Saturated fat is generally solid at room temperature and it's usually from animal sources. It's found in lard, butter, hard margarine, cheese, whole milk and anything these ingredients are used in, such as cakes, chocolate, biscuits, pies and pastries. It's also the white fat you can see on red meat and underneath poultry skin. The less saturated fat you eat, the better - a high intake has been linked with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Saturated fats also include "Hydrogenated Fats" or "Trans-Fats" - frequently found in commercial bakery products and margarines.

Unsaturated fat is usually liquid at room temperature and generally comes from vegetable sources. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat are both included in this group. Unsaturated fat is a healthier alternative to saturated fat and can be found in vegetable oils, such as sesame, sunflower, soya and olive oils; oily fish, such as mackerel, sardines, pilchards and salmon.

For Optimum Nutrition and Calorie Control
Eat up to 30 Percent Calories from Fat

US government guidelines recommend that fat makes up no more than 30 percent of the total calories in your diet. Of this, a maximum of 1/3 may be saturated fat.

More Nutrition and Calories Information

For more nutritional and calorie information about foods, please see:
Nutrition - Fruit/Veg - Carbs - Protein - Dairy - Fats - Sugars


Sources include: BBC Health (London), US Dept of Agriculture

See also:
Calories from Fat
Calculating Percent of Fat Calories
Fat Percentage vs. Fat Content
Calories per Gram of Fat
Fat Calories
Fat Replacers
How to Reduce Fat Calories
Nutrition and Fats
Nutrition and Calories in Oils and Fats

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