Why does the Food Standards Agency advise people to eat a low-fat diet?
There is substantial evidence that reducing the amount of saturated fat you eat can lower your chances of developing coronary heart disease. Because of this, the Agency recommends a low-fat diet. Diets that are high in fat have also been associated with obesity, which is currently reaching epidemic proportions in the UK. And people who are obese are more likely to develop conditions such as diabetes and some cancers. Eating less fat, and especially less saturated fat, leads to lower levels of total cholesterol and LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the blood. Levels of these cholesterols are closely related to the risk of coronary heart disease. Many people in the UK are eating too much fat, especially saturated fat. From the age of five, total fat should provide no more than 35% of our food energy (or calories), and saturated fat should provide no more than 11% of our food energy. On average, we are currently getting 35% of our food energy from total fat and 13% from saturat