Research shows that most Americans consume too much fat in their diets. If you're like most of us, changing that fact may seem to be a difficult task to accomplish. However, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research, just a small amount of education and a little more awareness of what we're eating can easily bring that percentage of dietary fat in daily menus down to more reasonable levels.
According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University and senior science adviser to AICR, "The average American diet currently gets approximately 40% of its calories from dietary fat, but most research shows that if that amount were reduced to 30% or less, we should be lowering the health risks we face in a number of different ways."
Research has shown links between high-fat diets and a number of health problems, including many types of cancer, heart disease and kidney disease. "There is good evidence," Campbell noted, "that by lowering the amount of calories that are consumed as fat, one also significantly lowers the risk for certain types of cancer, especially breast, prostrate and colon cancers.
One of the difficulties in lowering fat intake for many people is that they simply are not aware of which foods are high in dietary fat. "While most of us realize that fatty meats, fried foods and some snacks, such as potato chips, are very high in fats," Campbell pointed out, "not many people realize that even lean cuts of meat contain more than 50% of their calories as fat."