Good news if you're counting fat grams! Our allowance just went up. For the first time in more than a decade, health officials are changing the recommended daily allowance, or RDA, to boost our fat intake by 5%.
Until now, the suggestion was adults get roughly 55% of their calories from carbohydrates, 25% from fat, and 20% from protein. The new guidelines, from The Institute of Medicine research group, boosts the percentage of fat by 5%.
The group also doubles the recommended amount of exercise from 30 minutes a day to one hour. And for the first time, there's a recommended standard for fiber. Researchers say men under 50 should eat 38 grams of fiber while women should consume about 25 grams.