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AHA recommends 25-35% cal of total fat, but substitute PUFA for SFA

January 1, 1961


Dietary Guidelines

Dietary Fat Recommendations


• 25-35% of calories from total fat.

• Substitute vegetable oils and PUFA for SFA

"Although we know them as “vegetable oils,” they’re actually pressed mainly from seeds: cottonseeds, rapeseeds, safflower seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and corn, as well as from soybeans. We’ve seen how these oils started to become popular for culinary use when the AHA endorsed them for “heart health” in 1961. Having the backing of the country’s highest medical authority on heart disease gave them an enormous boost. “The rush to get aboard the polyunsaturated bandwagon has become a stampede,” gushed the trade publication Food Processing in that same year." - Nina Teicholz - page 84