The World Health Organization (WHO) is inviting comments on the draft WHO guidelines on saturated fatty acid and trans-fatty intake for adults and children.
The action is part of efforts by the WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), through the work of the Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Diet and Health, to update the population nutrient intake goals for the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Dietary saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids are of particular concern to the WHO as high levels of intake are correlated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
The agency wants adults and children to reduce their intake of saturated fats to less than 10 per cent of total daily energy needs, using polyunsaturated fatty acids as a source of replacement energy, if needed. Trans-fats should account for 1 per cent or less of daily calorie intake.
The public consultation will remain open until 1 June 2018. During this time, the draft guidelines will also undergo peer-review by an external expert group. Once the peer-review and public consultation are complete, the guidelines will be finalised and reviewed by the WHO Guidelines Review Committee for final clearance prior to its official release.