The Hidden Fat Content In Your Diet

Introduction And Background
Sometimes when we plan a diet, we try and select foods that are high in protein or high in fiber because we know that it is good for us. Protein does not make us fat and it a very good nutrient for building up the body cells as well as for healing and repair. It is probably the most important nutrient because even in a diet you are supposed to take the normal protein daily content that is for your age and gender. Fiber has other abilities such as having little calories and keeping our stomach full quickly and for a longer period of time. Nonetheless, when we choose such foods in our diets, we sometimes forget something really important; there is fat present in these foods as well. And we don’t count it when we turn to other fatty foods for making up for the fat percentage we should have whether we are dieting or not.

Your Diet Does Have Fat In It
We often pay attention to how much proteins we are getting and how many carbs we are avoiding but we rarely pay attention to the fat present in our diet and whether or not it meets the daily requirement and is below it in fact. Nutritionists are of the opinion that about thirty percent of your daily calories should be from fats and it should not exceed more than that otherwise you might start to gain weight and store in adipose tissue. Since the average person follows a two thousand calorie diet, according to these calculations and research, one should not have more than sixty five grams of fat per day. And it gets a little more complicated than that when we find out that there are good fats as well as bad fats but we’ll get to that later. Just know that fat is present in our diet and is an important part of it as well. Those who are dieting can ignore it somewhat but those who are not, they need to have fatty acids in their diet for normal health and development.

Know The Fat Content Of Some Daily Foods
Here are a few foods that you probably have on a daily basis but never bothered much to think about the fat content they must behold:

  • About ten French fries on a plate have 8 grams of fat.
  • A slice of pizza has 8 grams of fat too.
  • One glass of milk has 7 grams of fat.
  • Peanut butter, one spoon, has about 7 grams of fat.
  • A normal fish sandwich has 24 grams of fat.
  • A normal beef sandwich has 36 grams of fat.
  • A slice of bread has about 1 gram of fat.
  • An ounce of cheese, cheddar cheese to be more specific, has about 8 grams of fat.

They might not seem like a lot of grams but you need to look at the serving size as well. If ten French fries have 8 grams of fat, you do know there are more than ten fries in a single plate, don’t you? So be careful and don’t overdo it!

Some Hidden Fat In Foods You Were Not Aware Of
There are some foods that you might never consider as having fats but in fact they have some hidden fat content too that you might know about. Here they are:

  • The popcorn that you eat when you go to the cinema to watch a movie. You may think they are harmless but the truth is, you need to know they have calories from fat too because of their process method.
  • The chicken crust and skin that is either fried or even marinated and fried has fat in it that you need to consider because people often forego the number, thinking they are eating chicken and it only has proteins in it.
  • Salad dressings are another item that you need to think about. We order salads and think that we are doing ourselves a favor by having a meal which is healthy and probably has very little calories but often salad dressings are by mayo, oil and other sauces that can make you fat.

Conclusion
Be careful of all the hidden fat content that is present in the food you are taking. You never know, you might actually reach your limit of fat intake by lunchtime if it is present in the foods you eat. Don’t always think that a food high in protein will have no fat in it. The basic nutrients are present in almost every food; it is just the amount that varies. So a high protein food will have fat in it, it is just the amount that might be less. However, still there is a need to keep a check so that you don’t go overboard.