While reducing these saturated fats has been linked to a reduction of heart disease risk, the committee found that total fat intake, especially of “good” polyunsaturated fats like those in olive oil, salmon, and walnuts, should be exempted from a similar restriction. Additionally, the report also greatly downplayed the role of cholesterol in our diets, going so far as to say “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”
So how does this news affect the average person? Most of us won’t read the 571-page Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report (I gave it my best shot.) Thankfully, there are departments that do it for us. Later this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use this report to update the government’s official “Dietary Guidelines”, which are updated every 5 years. These Guidelines include useful graphics and shorthand descriptions of recommendations, such as the MyPlate graphic.
In the meantime, keep enjoying your nuts and avocados – which are great sources of “good” polyunsaturated fats -- guilt-free. I’ll keep working on convincing my mom that all things that came out of the 1970s should be left where they belong – in the past.