How Many of Your Daily Calories Should Come From Saturated Fats?

A: The Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture recommend that no more than 10% of your daily calories should come from saturated fats.

Saturated fats are those fats that remain solid at room temperature. This means limiting butter, coconut or palm oils, or fatty protein sources. Although unsaturated fats such as olive oil, nuts and seeds are considered healthier than saturated fats, be aware of the term 'trans fat' and avoid it.

Trans fats will appear on an ingredient list or label as partially hydrogenated oil and have shown to increase cholesterol levels. Healthy eating combined with regular exercise has been proven to help people lose weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and maintain good health.