The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a certain amount of oils to be eaten daily for best health. To find the amount of oils you should eat, visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov or complete MyPlate Worksheet (NEP-201C).

Good sources of oils include fish, nuts and vegetable oils. The Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting calories from saturated fats and transfats.

Foods that contribute calories but no nutrients are said to be “empty calorie foods.” According to the Dietary Guidelines, a healthy diet can include no more than 5-15 percent of calories from empty calorie foods. These are foods that are high in solid fats and added sugars (SoFAS).

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