A Top Santè reader asked our expert panel – Is there a minimum amount of fat intake the body needs to function properly?
The recommended fat intake is about 30 per cent of your daily energy needs (this equates to about 65g per day on a 2000-calorie diet). There is no recommendation as such for the least amount of fat you can eat and, as you can imagine, this is not going to be an issue for most of the population! However, too little fat can cause all sorts of problems. Good fats, for example, help to balance out cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation in the case of omega-3 fatty acids.
Fat is also required by your body to make hormones and assists with the absorption of vitamins including A, E, D and K, so there is the potential for deficiency. Fat also helps to satiate so if your diet is low in fat then you are likely to feel hungry more quickly between meals.