Eating a diet too high in fat increases the likelihood of obesity and heart disease. According to Ann Louise Gittleman, author of "Super Nutrition for Women," a diet too high in fat also increases risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and certain forms of cancer. By following recommended fat intake guidelines, you will keep your body healthy and manage your weight. To managing your fat intake, there are guidelines specified to meet a woman's daily needs.
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Overall Fat Intake
According to Joy Bauer, author of "Complete Idiot's Guide to Total Nutrition," 25 to 35 per cent of a woman's daily calories should be comprised of fat. Just one gram of fat contains approximately nine calories. That means an average woman consuming 2,000 calories a day should be eating between 55 and 75 grams of fat daily. This low-fat intake will help prevent heart disease and aid in maintaining a healthy weight.
Approximately 20 per cent or less of a woman's daily fat intake should be comprised of saturated fat. According to Walter C. Willett M.D., author of "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy," saturated fat is nearly unavoidable in today's society, but consumption should be kept to a minimum. Saturated fat increases cholesterol levels and in turn, increases risk of heart disease says Willett. Using the previously mentioned example, an average woman should consume 11 to 15 grams of saturated fat daily.
According to Carol Ann Rinzler, author of "Nutrition for Dummies," monounsaturated fats should make up the majority of your fat consumption. Monounsaturated fats, along with saturated fats, are in meats, dairy products and nuts. The American Council on Exercise states that monounsaturated fats are the healthiest of all fats with the lowest risk of heart disease. Given the previously determined examples, 44 to 60 grams of a woman's daily fat intake should be comprised of monounsaturated fats.
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