Symposium Session: Dietary Fats: Which Ones Belong on the Table

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2070, 5160, 5190; Level 2

The consumer is confused about which dietary fats are healthful and which are unhealthful, especially regarding diabetes and cardiovascular risk. This session reviews consumer attitudes, recent headlines in the popular media, scientific research and reasonable recommendations that RDNs can make to the consumer.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Identify current consumer attitudes about the healthfulness of various dietary fats.
  2. List the findings and weaknesses of at least two recent studies suggesting no cardiovascular harm from dietary saturated fats.
  3. Identify various national and international guidelines for the consumption of saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids.
  4. Quantify the reduced cardiovascular risk when dietary unsaturated fats replace saturated fats.
  5. Identify at least three ways for the typical consumer to replace unhealthful fatty diets with better choices.
Course summary
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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