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Healthy Fats & Fatty Acids: Current Dietary Recommendations and Popular Opinions – Part II


Part two of Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton’s presentation entitled Clinical Evidence Supporting the Role of Healthy Fats to Reduce Cardiovascular (CVD) Risk Factors is shown in this presentation. Here, Dr. Kris-Etherton discusses more clinical trial evidence regarding the support of unsaturated fatty acids, new research on minor fatty acids, and how these recommendations can be applied to dietary patterns in the real world.

The role of the Mediterranean Diet in preventing cardiovascular disease was investigated in several studies, with additional focus on adding olive oil or nuts to the dietary pattern for greater improvements in cardiovascular outcomes.

Patients and practitioners should remember that healthy, high quality fats are important to dietary quality. While Dr. Kris-Etherton recommends keeping saturated fat low, mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids should be promoted and included in the diet. Good sources of fats are vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, avocado, algae, and seafoods.

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