RE: FAT INTAKE
Posted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 12:25 AM
I'm not a dietitian, but a nutritionally well-read vegan. I exercise as well, and eat a very well-balanced, healthy, whole food-based diet. My fat intake hovers between 15-20% most days (sometimes up to 25%), and that seems fine to me. If I spend too many days around 20-25%, I start to gain weight.
I think that the 10% rule is meant for people who need to lose weight, or who have other health problems to contend with. With your history of cancer, you should probably be cautious of your fat intake, since added fats can increase risk of disease.
Ideally, you should only eat whole-food fats – nuts, seeds, avocados, etc. – and not added oils or processed fats. Some fats, especially nuts and seeds, are necessary for heart and brain health.
But, as I said, I'm not a health professional!