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Daily Allowance for Oil Intake

Written by Diet Bites


Dietary Fats for Optimum Health

Yes indeedy - fats are a necessary part of the daily diet. Surprised? Let's take a moment to explain.

Take your hand and feel your ribcage area. It's padded, right? Unless you are terrifically thin, this area of the body should be padded.

Without that essential padding throughout our body, our vital organs would be exposed to serious injury. Imagine your heart having nothing except the ribcage to protect it - or the kidneys nothing except a thin layer of skin.

What about the soles of your feet? Without a bit of fat under the skin, they would succumb to painful damage - bruising, cuts and so forth.

Think about the skin itself - the largest organ of the human body. Without vital oils it would shrivel, wrinkle, become all tough and leathery like a piece of beef jerky- and leathery issues should be reserved specifically for cowboys, don't you think?

So yes - our body does need oil but the types that we choose to put into it will influence our state of health.

Daily Recommended Allowance for Oil in the Diet

The following chart lists the official USDA recommendation for oil.

Category

Age in Years

Daily Allowance Per Teaspoon

Children

2-3

three

 

4-8

four

Girls

9-18

five

Boys

9-13

five

 

14-18

six

Women

19-30

six

 

31+

five

Men

19-30

seven

 

31+

six

Keep in mind that 'Daily Allowance' consists of all the oils found naturally in the foods consumed throughout the day - not just cooking oil. Examples of good food sources include: fish, nuts and seeds.

We can see by our data chart that even little children should have oil in their daily diet. The age group which requires the most include men that are nineteen to thirty years old. Then the dietary needs start to taper down.

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