Limiting the amount of saturated fats you eat to less than 7 percent of your total daily calories. That means if you need about 2,000 calories a day, less than 140 calories (or 16 grams) should come from saturated fats.
Fast Fat Facts
These days, cow and sheep’s fat is more commonly used in soaps, candles, and lotions than in the kitchen, but the Paleo community is picking up on beef tallow, this once widespread cooking ingredient (most fast-food chains used to use it for deep frying since it’s stable at high temperatures and imparts a slight, but delicious, meaty flavor).
Back for another helping, the Fourth Annual #BeefTallowFrenchFries “Tweet-to-Win” Contest kicks off on July 5th, a fitting lead-in to #NationalBeefTallowDay on July 13, Coast Packing Company announced.
In 2006, the New York City Board of Health banned the use of trans fats by restaurants and bakeries, and other local governments followed. California passed a similar ban in 2008. In conjunction with mandatory labeling of trans fat, these local bans and the increased awareness of the health effects of trans fat led to an almost 80 percent drop in the amount of trans fat Americans consumed between 2003 and 2012.
And that the labeling rule and industry reformulation of foods were key factors in informing healthier consumer choices and reducing trans fat in foods. 6/16/15
Americans’ principle dietary source of trans fats — didn’t disclose that fact. Instead, the labels of more than 6,500 of these items rounded off their trans fat content to 0 grams. 6/16/15
An analysis of more than 300,000 people published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that there is no evidence that saturated fat consumption raises the risk of heart disease. 11/25/2009
According to Mary Enig, author of Know Your Fats, lard is typically 40 percent saturated fat, 50 percent monounsaturated fat and 10 percent polyunsaturated fat. The percentage of saturated fat in lard protects the more vulnerable mono/polyunsaturated fats from oxidizing with heat, making lard an excellent choice for cooking and baking. 5/14/2000