Symposium Session: The Evidence and Dietary Fat Recommendations
This is not a webinar or course for purchase- this is a module for credit claiming for our 2019 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our symposium, however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2070, 4030, 4040, 5160
Performance Indicators: 8.1.1, 8.3.1, 8.3.6, 13.2.1
Much confusion exists related to fatty acids and health, but in fact the body of scientific evidence is very clear as it relates to the impact of fatty acids on health.
This session will review the evidence related to saturated fatty acids and disease risk, along with the role of unsaturated fats and prevention of disease. In addition, the session will review how to translate this science into practice. For many practitioners, the challenge of helping clients reduce saturated fat intake is related to finding the balance between fatty acids and translating that balance into food groups.
Animal fats are high in saturated fat but that does not mean they must be avoided. The key is assessing clients’ food patterns and shifting intake to achieve a better fatty acid balance. This session will provide concrete tips for making that happen while maintaining adherence to the evidence around fatty acids and health.
After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Outline the current body of scientific evidence on the role of fat in the diet.
- Describe Dietary Guidelines (DG) recommendations on types of fat and proposed questions for 2020 DGs.
- Translate the current science of fat into food patterns.
- Develop an eating pattern that demonstrates a healthier fat balance.
Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND, is a Food and Nutrition Consultant and Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis. Diekman is a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a former chair of the American Heart Association – Missouri affiliate. She is currently chair of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, a sub-unit of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diekman is a former television and radio nutrition reporter who now is quoted regularly by the media on nutrition issues. Connie is also the author of The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book: All You Need to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy! and the newly released book SuperFood Nuts.
Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND, reports the following relevant disclosures: Advisory Member of International Experts Movement to Improve Dietary Fat Quality. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 1.50 CDR