I’m thrilled to share news of my recent publication!
Nutritional consultant Gretchen Vannice, MS, RDN, has written a new position paper on dietary fats for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Co-authored with Heather Rasmussen, PhD, RD, of Rush University Medical Center, the paper updates the 2007 position of the academy.
A summary of the key recommendations follows.
- The type of fat in the foods we eat is as important as the amount of fat we eat.
- Americans should increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and limit saturated and trans fats while consuming 20%-35% of their daily calories from fat.
- Dietary fat recommendations aren’t as simple as saturated or unsaturated because fatty acids within these groups influence health and disease risk in different ways. For example, the health impact of ALA is different from EPA omega-3; the health impact of lauric differs from stearic saturated fatty acids. Healthcare providers, dietitian nutritionists, the food and supplement industries, and the general public need to become aware of the specific fatty acids within the general fat categories.
- Fat is an important nutrient in the diet: some kinds of fats are essential for good health (omega-3s) while some are detrimental (trans fats).
- Many Americans have replaced saturated fat in their diet with refined carbohydrates, increasing their risk of diabetes and heart disease. Replacing saturated fats (typically solid fats) with polyunsaturated foods (typically liquid oils) and more vegetables is a healthier choice.
The Academy recommends a food-based approach that includes regularly consuming fatty fish, nuts and seeds, lean meats and poultry, low-fat dairy products, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. Dietary supplements can supplement essential fatty acids for general or specific health needs. JAND, 2014;114:136-153. For more information please contact Gretchen Vannice at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gretchen Vannice, MS, RDN, consults with industry, academia, and healthcare. A frequent speaker, she is also the author of Omega-3 Handbook A Ready Reference Guide for Health Professionals(omega3handbook.com).