Although clinical research has shown that the total intake of any type of fat should not exceed 30% daily to prevent weight gain, the World Health Organization (WHO) has just published a series of new recommendations specifying the ideal daily fats intake proportion for a healthy life.
The new recommendations, which update those published by the same institution in 2002, recommend limiting the daily consumption of saturated fats to 10% and that of the so-called “trans fats” to 1%.
Trans fats or hydrogenated fats are frequently used by the food industry to prolong the lifespan of foods and taste and cause damage to the body by increasing the bad cholesterol levels.
These recommendations also suggest that in order to try to reduce the consumption of saturated or trans fats, the affected ones could resort to the consumption of polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil, avocado, olives, almonds, and so on, which provide energy to the muscles, heart, and other organs.
Polyunsaturated fats are considered healthier and should be consumed on a daily basis because the human body can’t produce them on its own.
WHO aims to reduce the daily fats intake and also focuses on fats consumption in children
WHO has published these new recommendations on fat consumption in an attempt to limit the steady rise in non-transmissible diseases in the world, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease, and diabetes, which are responsible for the premature death of more than 40 million people, each year.
In this series of recommendations, the WHO has stated more firmly that it has not addressed them to the general population as a whole but to each individual, specifying that the limits on daily fat intake should be respected by each adult or child between the ages of 2 and 19.
In addition, the WHO recommendations state that in the case of children, the reduction in the daily fat intake will not compromise their growth and that if there is a reduction in iron intake there will be no adverse effects on their development.
In conclusion, WHO recommends people to limit their daily fats intake, by reducing the consumption of saturated fats to below 10% and the consumption of trans fats to below 1%. Additionally, WHO recommends the consumption of polyunsaturated fats on a daily basis.