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How do the fats add up? peterdwms — Oct 27, 2015 11:29AM PDT

I see a daily recommended upper limit of fat (for me 54 g) and an upper limit for saturated fat (for me 18 g). What I don't understand is what are the fats that are not the 4 main reported fats? For example, on one day I consumed 57 g of fat of which 23 were saturated, 0 trans fat, 2 were polyunsaturated and 1 was monounsaturated. A total of 57 mg of cholesterol. What made up the other 31 g of fat and where do they show up in my reports? Are they fats I should be particularly concerned about or do I only need be concerned over the total and the saturated and trans?

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Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Oct 27, 2015 11:58AM PDT

We should probably find a way to label the saturated fat “goal” in the app as a “limit.” Unfortunately there’s not a very tidy way to make this evident given the screen real estate available to apps, and our desire to keep the nutrition table neatly organized.

Our recommendation is that folks should not surpass the total fat goal in grams, and that their intake of saturated fat (definitely the least healthy!) should not be more than a portion of that intake. This is why we put a “goal” on Saturated fat, and leave the other sub-categories without a goal. If users stay within (or under) the saturated fat goal, then the rest of their fat intake will naturally be from the more healthful options of mono or poly unsaturated fats.

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