Saturated fat

Northern Ireland specific
In Northern Ireland, we define the policy for consumers and the food industry on saturated fat. The Eating Well, Choosing Better is a programme designed to make healthy choices easy for consumers in Northern Ireland.
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We know that people are generally eating more saturated fat, on average, than recommended, and rising levels of obesity state that energy intakes currently exceed energy requirements.

Both these issues raise serious health concerns, particularly in relation to coronary heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes.

The Eating Well Choosing Better programme encourages businesses to reduce the levels of sugars, saturated fat and salt in the foods they manufacture, and sell.

SACN draft report - 'Saturated fats and health'

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) consulted on a draft review of saturated fats, recommending intake should not exceed 10% of daily calories. 

Stakeholders in Northern Ireland were encouraged to read and respond to this consultation which ran from  to
The draft report and supporting documents are available on the Public Health England website.