Symposium Session: Translating Saturated Fat Recommendations

Theses courses are exclusive to Spring 2017 Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken as regular courses by those who did not attend.

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2020, 2070, 4040, 5160
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.3.6, 8.4.1

With so much media coverage about saturated fat recommendations, it’s no surprise that your patients and clients can be confused about fats and oils. Even RDs may have a difficult time interpreting all of the seemingly conflicting data regarding fats and oils. This session will examine the current saturated fat recommendations and discuss the science behind these recommendations. Attendees will receive practical approaches to counseling patients and clients about fats and oils, including discussions of frequently misunderstood items like dairy fats and coconut oil.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Assess current dietary recommendations for all classes of fatty acids, including saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids (both omega-6 and omega-3 from plant and seafood), and the scientific evidence that supports them.
  2. Understand that the key message of the current dietary recommendations for fatty acids is based on substituting unsaturated fatty acids for saturated fatty acids.
  3. Discuss the scientific basis of the current saturated fat controversy that challenges current dietary recommendations to lower their intake.
  4. Identify and discuss misinformation that pertains to dairy fat and coconut oil.
  5. List liquid vegetable oils to recommend for a heart-healthy dietary pattern.
Course summary
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FAHA, FNLA, FASN, CLS, is Distinguished Professor of Nutrition in the department of nutritional sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research expertise is cardiovascular nutrition. She conducts controlled clinical nutrition studies designed to evaluate the role of diet on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the mechanisms that account for the diet-induced responses. Presently, she is Chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. Penny has published more than 300 scientific papers.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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