I know that only a certain amount of your calories should come from fat, but
how do you calculate that percentage? – Brian
To calculate this, divide a food or drink's calories from fat
by total calories (this information is on the product's food
label) and then multiply by 100. For example, if a 300-calorie food has 60 calories
from fat, divide 60 by 300 and then multiply by 100. That food has 20% of its calories
from fat (60÷300=0.2 / 0.2x100=20).
Most kids and teens should get 25% to 35% of total calories each day from fat.
Toddlers ages 1 to 3 should get 30% to 40% of total calories from fat.
Healthy adults should get 20% to 35% of calories from mostly monounsaturated or
polyunsaturated fats (from nuts and seeds and plant oils such as olive oil or canola
Saturated fat and trans fat (for instance, from fatty meats or full-fat dairy products)
can raise cholesterol
and increase the risk of heart disease. Saturated fats should make up less than 10%
of a person's daily total calories. Trans fats should be kept as low as possible.