Fats And Oils Substitutes

A growing public awareness about the relationship between food and wellness has kept dietary fat at the top of the list of consumer nutritional concerns for at least a decade (see Table 1 Ref. 1). According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII) (1994-1996), almost half of Americans think their diets are too high in fat (2). Research by Susan M. Krebs-Smith and colleagues, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, supports the CSFII findings. Of the six most prevalent nutrient intake patterns identified by these researchers, not one meets the 30% calories-from-fat guideline. In fact, only 1% of the population actually fulfills all of the U.S. government's Food Guide Pyramid recommendations (3).

At 9 kcal/g, fat is the most concentrated source of energy among the macronutrients. According to the Surgeon General's Report on Diet and Health, high intake of dietary fat is "associated with increased risk for obesity, some types of cancer, and possibly gallbladder disease. Epidemiologic, clinical and animal studies provide strong and consistent evidence for the relationship between saturated fat intake, high blood cholesterol, and increased risk for coronary heart disease. Excessive saturated fat consumption is the major dietary contributor to total blood cholesterol levels" (4). Reflecting national health policy, the Surgeon General, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Dietetic Association, the American Heart Association, the National Cholesterol Education Project, the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health, the USDA, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are among the many health and government authorities that recommend limiting dietary fat to 30% of calories.

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