We are all eating too much unhealthy fat
We all know too much fat is bad for us — but we don't always know how much or what type of fat we're eating. There can be a surprising amount of saturated fat in everyday food and drink!
* Cut back on sat fat in dairy by changing for lower-fat options, such as swapping whole milk for lower-fat milks.
But too much saturated fat can lead to the build up of harmful fat in the body that we can't see. This can cause serious diseases in the future, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
Eating too much saturated fat can lead to high blood cholesterol. This can clog up our arteries and restrict the blood supply to our heart, which can cause heart attacks.
Eating too much fat, including saturated fat, can make us more likely to put on weight, because foods high in fat are also high in calories. Worried about your child's weight? Get practical advice and tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight.
Eating too much fat can make us put on weight. This can stop our bodies producing enough insulin, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Being overweight increases our risk of bowel cancer. But a diet high in fibre and low in saturated fat keeps our bowel healthy and reduces the risk of cancer.
The maximum daily amounts of sat fat for you and your family are:
Having unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat can help lower blood cholesterol to protect your heart. Foods like fish (especially oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and trout), unsalted nuts, seeds and yummy avocado are rich in unsaturated fat.
You can cut back on sat fat with these simple swaps. The good news is they're often lower in sugar and salt, too!
At the supermarket, look out for reduced fat versions of your family favourites like lower-fat milks, cheeses and sauces.
Food labels often have traffic light colours to show the fat content. Choose more greens and ambers, and fewer reds.
Red means this food is HIGH in fat. Think about how often you choose it and how much of it you eat.
Amber means this food has a MEDIUM amount of fat. This makes it an OK choice, although going for green is even better.
Green means it's LOW in fat, which makes it a healthier choice.