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Table 1 Current Dietary Fat Intake Recommendations for Adults

From: A healthy approach to dietary fats: understanding the science and taking action to reduce consumer confusion

   Recommended Percent of Energy
Organization Report Total Saturated Trans n-6 PUFA n-3 PUFA
World Health Organization Fats and fatty acids in human nutrition: report of an expert consultation [12] 20–35% <10% <1% 2.5–9% 0.5–2%
Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine Dietary reference intakes for energy, carbohydrate, fiber, fat, fatty acids, cholesterol, protein, and amino acids [13] 20–35% Limit Limit 5–10% 0.6–1.2%
United States Department of Health and Human Services and United States Department of Agriculture Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee [14]   <10% Limit   
American Heart Association/ American College of Cardiology Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk, 2013 [15]   5–6% Limit   
American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, 2015 [16] Evidence suggests that there is not an ideal percentage of calories from carbohydrate, protein, and fat for all people with diabetes. Follow same recommendation as for the general population.
American College of Cardiology/ American Heart Association/ The Obesity Society Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity, 2013 [17] A variety of dietary approaches can produce weight loss in overweight and obese adults as long as reduction in energy intake is achieved. Weight loss is comparable with lower-fat and higher-fat diets.
  1. PUFA polyunsaturated fatty acids