What are the daily requirements for carbohydrates and fats?

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The American Dietetic Association recommends the following dietary guidelines for adults to maintain a healthy body weight and ward off chronic diseases.

1. Total carbohydrate consumption should account for 45-65 percent of daily caloric intake.

2. Total fat (lipid) consumption should be between 15 and 20 percent of daily caloric consumption. ( This is assuming your blood level of lipids is not elevated). If the level is high, consult with your physician for more precise guidelines).

3. Total protein consumption should be between 10 and 35 percent of total caloric daily intake. Increased amounts of protein are needed in several clinical situations like trauma or burns.

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