The National Cholesterol Education Program Recommendations
The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that all healthy Americans ages 2 and above adopt an eating pattern lower in saturated fat and cholesterol to lower their blood cholesterol. The recommended eating pattern for everyone in the family over 2 years old is:

  • less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat.
  • an average of 30 percent of calories or less from total fat.
  • less than 300 mg a day of dietary cholesterol.
These goals are to be averaged over several days. Refer to table 3 for guidance on the recommended intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol.