What is fat?
Fat is a major source of energy for the body and aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids. There are several types of fat including n-6 polyunsaturated, n-3 polyunsaturated, n-9 monounsatuated and trans fatty acid. All are essential in maintaining a healthy body, except for trans fat.

What happens if I have excess/deficiency in fat?
There is no tolerable upper limit set for total fat because there is no intake level at which an adverse effect occurs. It is important to limit trans fat which has been associated coronary heart disease and does not have any proven health benefits. However, without intake of essential fats, a person may experience dry, scaly skin, hair loss, low body weight, cold intolerance, bruising, low resistance to infections, poor growth and poor wound healing.

Source: DRI for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients) (2005)

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What is the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)?
There is no RDA for total fat. There is insufficient data to determine a defined level of fat intake which prevents chronic diseases. An Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range for total fat has been should be 20-30% of calories.