How much fat should we eat?

Everyday all we hear is how bad fat is for our bodies; however one must not forget that fat is the essential part of the everyday diet.

So we find ourselves asking the question, how much fat should we eat? Some fats such as mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated must be included in the diet.

Fat is substrate for energy and provides essential fatty acids needed for growth and metabolism, while it is recommended that 20% to 30% of our energy needs must be derived from dietary fat.

The amount of fat consumed will largely depend upon an individual’s activity level, where by less active people on average need 20-30 grams of fat per day, while an average active person requires between 50-70 grams of fat per day.

However, one must not forget that our bodies are very efficient at converting any excess of fat in the diet into stored fat. As a result if the calorie intake in the form of fat exceeds the amount of calorie burned by the exercise, the excess will cause a greater increase in the body fat stores.