Facing the Fat in Calories Quiz
In honor of National Eating Healthy Day…can you answer these correctly?
1. How much total fat does the American Heart Association say I should consume for my daily calorie needs?
A. between 5 and 10 percent of total daily calories
B. between 30 and 40 percent of total daily calories
C. between 25 and 35 percent of total daily calories
D. between 15 and 20 percent of total daily calories
2. How many calories does one gram of fat contain?
3. How many calories make up a pound of fat? _____________
Bonus: What are Saturated Fats?
Read on for the answer!
Source: American Heart Association
Saturated fats have a chemical makeup in which the carbon atoms are saturated with hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature.
Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of blood cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Be aware, too, that many foods high in saturated fats are also high in cholesterol – which raises your blood cholesterol even higher.
You should replace foods high in saturated fats with foods high in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fats. This means eating foods made with liquid vegetable oil but not tropical oils. It also means eating fish and nuts. You also might try to replace some of the meat you eat with beans or legumes.
1) How much total fat does the American Heart Association say I should consume for my daily caloric needs?
Key word there is TOTAL fat. They recommend your TOTAL fat should be between 25 and 35% of total daily calories
2) How many calories does one gram of fat contain?
3) How many calories make up a pound of fat?