3 August 2016MyNetDiary is Updating Goals for Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium


As many of you know, recommended intakes for certain nutrients can vary based upon organization. MyNetDiary will be updating recommended intakes for fat, cholesterol, and sodium to be consistent with the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Total Fat

Has increased from 27% of total kcal to 35% of total calories

  • This increase was performed to align with the current U.S. Dietary Guidelines, with special emphasis on fats found in the Mediterranean style diet.
  • The higher goal helps promote a higher healthy fat intake, which is heart healthy and recommended for cardiovascular risk reduction (e.g. lower risk of heart attacks). Healthy fats to emphasize include those from plants (nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil, non-hydrogenated plant oils, and avocado) and from fish/seafood (naturally fatty fish, not deep-fat fried).

Trans Fat

0% total kcal, 0 grams

  • No change from current recommendation. Most Trans fats come from industrially produced partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).
  • The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1% total kcal from trans fats, but ideally, the intake of PHOs is zero. Therefore, MyNetDiary uses zero as the goal.

Saturated Fat

Limit will increase from 7% to 10% of total kcal

  • This increase is consistent with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for the general public. As well, the increase was in response to member feedback.
  • If you have a very high risk for cardiovascular disease, have had a prior heart attack, or your health care provider has recommended a lower saturated fat goal, then please customize your goal to match that recommendation. To customize, you need to have MyNetDiary Premium.

Polyunsaturated Fat

Increase from 10% to 12.5% total kcal

  • This increase follows the increase in the total fat goal. There is not a recommended polyunsaturated fat goal for health per se - the emphasis is to get most of our fats from unsaturated sources, which includes both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
  • You can easily meet your RDA for essential fatty acids by using this goal. The two essential fatty acids (linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid) are both polyunsaturated fats.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are also polyunsaturated fats.
  • You can customize this goal as you wish but keep in mind that polyunsaturated fats are not required on the Nutrition Facts panel (food label) so food trackers typically show a lower than actual intake.
  • Excellent sources include fish, seafood, nuts and seeds.

Monounsaturated Fat

Increase from 10% to 12.5% total kcal

  • This increase follows the increase in the total fat goal. There is not a recommended monounsaturated fat goal for health per se - the emphasis is to get most of our fats from unsaturated sources, which includes both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
  • You can customize your goal for this nutrient as you wish but keep in mind that monounsaturated fats are not required on the Nutrition Facts panel (food label) so food trackers typically show a lower than actual intake.
  • Excellent sources include olive oil, canola oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds.

Cholesterol

Daily limit of 300 mg will be removed

  • According to the Scientific Report of the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, "Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day. The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol, consistent with the conclusions of the AHA/ACC report. Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."
  • If your health care provider has recommended a limit to dietary cholesterol intake, then please customize your goal to match that recommendation.

Sodium

Increase limit to 2300 mg per day vs. using the DRI value

  • As per the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, sodium intake should not exceed 2,300 mg/day.
  • MyNetDiary increased the limit for sodium to match the U.S. Dietary Guidelines instead of the using the much lower DRI value. A very low sodium value is difficult to meet and does not appear to be necessary for health for an otherwise healthy person.
  • For people younger than 14 years old, for adults with high blood pressure, or for adults with medical conditions that require sodium restriction, a lower sodium goal might be recommended. Please ask your doctor for an appropriate goal and customize as needed.

MyNetDiary provides recommendations for nutrient goals as a courtesy. The recommendations should not be taken as medical advice. It is okay if you disagree with the default goals and recommendations. Simply customize your nutrient goals as you see fit. Also, you can "unselect" a nutrient to track, it will be removed from Day Highlights. This is a feature of Premium membership. Enjoy and track sensibly!

Katherine Isacks, MPS, RD, CDE
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