Dietary Fat . Updated 1 January 1970. +Related Content FacebookTwitteremailPrintHaving fat in your diet is important because fat is needed to absorb certain vitamins and to make hormones. Eating too much fat, especially saturated fat, can be unhealthy and may lead to high cholesterol and heart disease.Take our quiz to see how well you are balancing the amount of fat you eat!1. When I drink milk, I choose:2% or whole milkskim (fat free) or almond milk1%, or soy milk2. When I eat out, I usually order:Deep fried foods (like fried chicken and french fries)Grilled or baked foods (like grilled chicken and baked potatoes)3. When choosing salad dressing, sour cream, cream cheese or mayo, I usually choose:RegularLow fatFat free4. I eat dessert foods like cookies, cakes, ice cream, chocolate, or candy bars:NeverHardly ever or only on special occasionsNot everyday, but a few times a weekI have a little treat most daysWhenever I can!5. I eat fast food (McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Chinese take out, pizza):NeverHardly ever, maybe once a monthOnce every week or twoAt least twice a weekMore than I eat at home!6. I eat dietary fats:Whenever I want—the more fat the better!I eat some high-fat foods but balance them with lower-fat foods like fruits and veggiesI try to avoid eating any fat in my dietI mostly choose fat-free foods (fat-free salad dressing, cheese and cookies)Time is Up!