New guidelines on fat intake from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Updated guidelines from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggest new advice about fat intake for healthy adults.
The position paper "Dietary Fatty Acids for Healthy Adults" provides new guidance for registered dietitians, nutritionists and health educators to recommend the right amount of dietary fat for their clients and patients.
'Total diet approach' the best plan
The new guidelines state that adults should consume between 20 and 35 percent of their calories from dietary fat, omega-3 fatty acid consumption should be increased and consumption of saturated and trans fats should be limited.
And while limiting "bad" fats and increasing "good" fats is a simplified approach, the Academy recommends that adults adopt a "total diet" plan that includes the regular consumption of lean proteins, fatty fish, nuts, seeds and low-fat dairy products. Fruits, whole grains and vegetables should also be staples, the paper stated.
A few more tips
In order to incorporate healthy fats into your diet, the Academy recommends eating more fish, walnuts, flax and canola oil. Fat-free diets are not advised, as omega-3 and omega-6 fats are needed to maintain good brain and heart health. "Bad" fats, like trans fats, should be reduced or eliminated, however, as they increase risk for conditions like heart disease.
More information about the new guidelines can be found in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics