Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
11.4 percent (2013-16) *

8.4 percent  *

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

11.4 percent was the mean percentage of calories from saturated fat consumed by persons aged 2 years and over in 2013-16  *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Reduce the consumption of saturated fat by persons aged 2 years and over

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


People who replace the saturated fat in their diet with unsaturated fat are likely to have lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart problems. But many people in the United States eat too much saturated fat. Nutrition counseling and behavioral interventions can help people eat less saturated fat. Encouraging people to use the Nutrition Facts label can also help them track their consumption of saturated fat.