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IMACE Factsheet – Nutritional recommendations on fatty acids

UntitledThe margarine industry is committed to the promotion of good health. This includes promoting education and awareness on nutrition. Part of our role is to spread objective information and facts about fats so that consumers can better control the quality of their intake.

Our present factsheet sums up the main dietary recommendations on fatty acids in Europe. Have a look at it and learn more about the role of fatty acids in our diet!


  Recommendations throughout Europe

“Fatty fish, nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, and vegetable oil-based fat spreads that provide essential and unsaturated fatty acids should be prioritized. Animal products high in fat contribute saturated fatty acids. A switch from high-fat to low-fat dairy will contribute to an improved fat quality while sustaining micronutrient density.”
Nordic Nutrition Recommendations 2012
“There is also evidence from dietary intervention studies that decreasing the intakes of products rich in saturated fatty acids by replacement with products rich in n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (without changing total fat intake) decreased the number of cardiovascular events.” EFSA, Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for fats, 2010
“Eating unsaturated fats instead of saturated can help lower blood cholesterol.” NHS, Fats: the facts, 2013
“Fett ist besonders energiereich, daher kann zu viel Nahrungsfett Übergewicht fördern. Zu viele gesättigte Fettsäuren erhöhen das Risiko für Fettstoffwechselstörungen, mit der möglichen Folge von Herz-Kreisauf-Krankheiten. Bevorzugen Sie pflanzliche Öle und Fette (z. B. Raps- und Sojaöl und daraus hergestellte Streichfette).”  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung, 10 Regel der DGE, 2011
“Onverzadigd vet heeft een positief effect op de gezondheid. Producten met veel verzadigd vet zijn minder gezond. Het is dus belangrijk om deze twee soorten te herkennen.” Voedingscentrum, Schijf van vijf
“Certains produits sont à limiter dans la mesure du possible : le beurre, certaines charcuteries, les viennoiseries et pâtisseries, les produits frits ou panés, certains plats préparés… qui contiennent notamment des acides gras saturés. »  Manger Bouger. Programme National Nutrition Santé. Les 9 repères.

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