Cut out saturated fat
High intakes of saturated fat are linked to high blood cholesterol*, a condition that affects around six in 10 of us and increases the risk of heart disease**. Official figures reveal that on average, the nation’s intake of saturated fat currently remains too high***. For a healthy heart, it’s recommended we have no more than 20g saturates a day****. Most white fish and shellfish, together with trout and tinned tuna in water, are naturally low in saturated fat and so contribute only small amounts to this. For example, 140g tinned tuna in water provides 0.3g saturates, while 140g grilled plaice has 0.4g saturates.
* EFSA Journal 2011; 9 (4): 2069. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2011.2069
** British Heart Foundation Coronary Heart Disease Statistics: A Compendium of Health Statistics. 2012 Edition.
*** Public Health England (2014) National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Results from Years 1-4 (combined) of the rolling programme (2008/2009 – 2011/12).
**** NHS Choices. Food Labels.