Why do our bodies need fat? • Absorb fat soluble vitamins-A, D, E, K • Most concentrated source of energy- 9 calories per gram • Gives taste and tenderness to foods
How many grams of fat per day do we need? • 10 to 12 grams=1 tablespoon=108 calories
What is the main problem linked to excessive amounts of fat? • Death-1/2 the leading cause of death are diet related, most to fat intake • Heart Disease • Cancer • Obesity/Over weight “Over-Fat”
How can we control our fat intake? • Become aware • Eat less, overall • Plan ahead • Cook without fat • Avoid Convenience foods • Choose restaurants that offer low fat selections
Controlling Fat cont… • Read Nutrition Labels • Use the 3 dietary guidelines, Food Guide Pyramid • Positive attitude • Make small changes at first. Remember that every RIGHT choice is a success!
The 3 Best ways to start reducing fat intake: • Eat less overall • Avoid convenience foods • Eat out in restaurants less often
Why do Americans continue to eat so much fat even though we know it isn’t good for us? • Environment- we are surrounded with high fat food choices • Emotional reasons such as boredom and stress • Fast-paced lifestyle leads to eating for convenience instead of nutrition