Dietary fats are essential to your health. They’re used by the body for growth as well as to prevent diseases, such as high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease. Certain fats are healthier than others, however, and all should be consumed with limits in mind. According to the American Heart Association, keep your dietary fat intake to no more than 25-35 percent of your daily caloric intake. Of this intake, stick with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats should be kept to a minimum, making up no more than 7 percent of your daily caloric intake. Avoid trans fats.