You probably already know that French fries, pizzas, cheeseburgers, and frosty brews contain high amounts of fat. What you may not know is that there are fish and vegetables that also contain fat – and not just in small amounts. Although you shouldn’t be completely disappointed because fat should still be included in your diet, it is important that you are well aware of the fat content of the food you eat. This is especially true if you are watching your weight.
Fat Content in Common Foods
What you eat daily, whether it’s healthy or not, has fat. Take a look at these numbers:
- A typical fast food burger contains about 36 grams of fat.
- Eating 10 pieces of French fries can give you eight grams of fat.
- Going to a fast food restaurant and ordering a fish sandwich can give you 24 grams of fat.
- Potato chips have 10 grams of fat per ounce.
- One slice of your favorite cheese pizza has eight grams.
- One hot dog consists of 14 grams of fat.
- Drinking one cup of whole milk is equivalent to seven grams of fat.
- One serving of typical cereals, breads, or bagels is equal to one gram of fat.
Fat Content in Other Foods
Meanwhile, here are some of the foods which you may not think as high in fat, but actually are:
- Popcorn that you buy at movie theaters
- White marbling in red meats is actually fat
- Salad dressing
- Skin of chicken and other poultry
- Packaged meats that come with oil, butter, or sauces
You may also be surprised that green tea, which is considered a very healthy beverage, is actually high in fat. Don’t panic though; not all green teas have high fat content. In fact, only those that come from your local grocer can sabotage your diet. They also contain too much sugar that can cause inflammation in your body.
While high fat content in food should be avoided, this is not to say that you should completely avoid fat. As mentioned, you need this in your diet to be healthy. However, it should be in the right amounts, so that it will not affect your weight and your health as well. Currently, it is recommended that you consume fat that is no more than 30% of calories. For instance, if your daily intake of calories is 2,000, you should only have 65 grams of fat or less every day.