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Health experts agree on one thing: The most important change we, as Canadians, can make to our eating patterns is to cut back on the amount of fat we consume.
Putting fat in perspective:
However, fats are essential for good health. In addition to being a major source of energy, fats are also a source of essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body but are needed for normal growth and metabolism.
Fats are also needed for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamin A, D, E and K plus carotenoids. The amount of fat you need every day depends on your age, height, weight, gender and calories.
As an average, a lightly active female requires approximately 60 g/day and a lightly active male requires approximately 90 g/day.
Canadian adults do not get enough fibre. Women should aim for about 25 grams of fibre per day while men should aim for approximately 38 grams per day. Achieve this by eating plenty of plant foods - 5 or more servings of whole-grain products and 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit each day. As your increase your fibre choices, drink lots of fluids.