What percent of calories should be from fat, protein and carbs?
Asked by terrib58 on Mar 21, 2008
What percentage of the calories consumed in a day should be from fat, protein and carbs?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends this distribution for the energy nutrients:
- Fat: 20 - 35% of total calories (average 30%)
- Protein: 10 – 35% (average 15%)
- Carbohydrates: 45 –
65% (average 55%)
Some healthy diets, like the Mediterranean Diet, promote 40% of calories from fat, but the fat must be olive oil, fish oil and nuts. Alcohol is the fourth energy-producing nutrient, and it is recommended in moderation, if at all.