A fat savvy guide
You may be surprised that some of the foods you thought were good for you are loaded with fat. For instance, granola bars generally contain a great deal of fat, as does packaged popcorn and those crunchy healthy sounding veggie chips too.
However, it is not just enough to know what types of fat to look for, you also want to make an intelligent decision based upon the description of the fat on the label.
If the description says, fat-free it means there is less 0.5 g of fat in one serving.
Low-fat means there is a maximum of 3 g of fat in a serving.
Reduced fat indicates there is at least 25% less fat in this food than in a similar food.
Trans fat free means there is less than 0.5 g of trans fat in one serving.
Fat, has 9 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram of a carbohydrate or protein. Therefore, when you eat foods that have a lot of fat in them you are getting five extra calories per serving than you would be if you were eating a protein or carbohydrate.
Restrict the amount of fat in your diet to less than one third of your total daily calorie intake. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make sure the food you eat does not get more than 30% of its calories from fat.