Cutting the Fat ( Diabetes )
Your body needs very little fat each day because it contains so many calories. One gram of fat has 9 calories. If you read food labels, you’ll see the calories from fat add up quickly. Fat should only make up about 30 percent of the total calories you eat in a day. For example, if you eat 2,000 calories each day, then no more than 600 of those should come from fat.
There are actually three types of fat in the food you eat â€” monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fats. The healthiest are monounsaturated, found in olive oil and nuts. Polyunsaturated fats, which are found in canola and corn oil, are the next healthiest. Saturated fats in meat and dairy products are the least healthy.
If your blood fat levels are too high, you may need to change your fat intake, take prescription medications, or both. If you need to lose weight, pay attention to how much fat you eat. Remember, fat has more calories than protein or carbohydrate. Get the help of an RD who can help you make a meal plan with healthy amounts of the three kinds of fat.