Fun and Good Fats 101 at FNCE® 2017
Posted by , MS, RD, CDE

One more FNCE® is in the books! About 13,000 people took over Chicago for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo™ (FNCE®). This year marks the 100th anniversary of the organization, and attendees celebrated with receptions, photo opportunities, fanfare and meaningful conversations about the future of our profession.

Omega-9 Oils and Good Fats 101™ chatted all things good fats with attendees throughout the conference, which began on October 21. Our conversations were much more than meaningful and educational; they were fun! And that’s thanks to our engaging movie-themed trivia game in which attendees answered fat-focused questions to earn prizes, all while sitting in comfy movie theater seats and munching on popcorn popped in Omega-9 Canola Oil.

In “Beauty and the Butter,” moviegoers learned that we must help remove the spell that butter has over Americans because, in excess, butter’s saturated fats are harmful. When headlines and stories report that butter is back and that reducing saturated fat doesn’t improve health, the authors have not considered the foods and nutrients that replace saturated fats. Yet studies show that the replacement nutrient matters. When people replace some of their saturated fat intake with wholesome sources of unsaturated fats or carbohydrates from whole grains and other health-boosting foods, their risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) improves. But when they replace a portion of their saturated fat intake with refined carbohydrates from not-so-wholesome foods like fat-free desserts and sugary beverages, their health risk does not improve.

In “No Country for Trans Fats,” moviegoers learned that Omega-9 Oils is the ideal product for food manufacturers aiming to eliminate trans fats and reduce saturated fats from their products. Because Omega-9 Canola Oil is a high oleic canola oil, it’s more stable than other heart-healthy oils. With fewer double bonds, Omega-9 Oils resists oxidation, allowing manufactures to avoid partially hydrogenating an oil or using an oil richer in saturated fats.

There were many more movie-themed fat trivia questions. And attendees routinely left the booth saying that they were both educated and entertained.

We chatted about the challenges of teaching our patients and clients about good fats. A handy tool is the stack of good fats cards showing more healthful alternatives to common snacks and other foods high in saturated fats. You can download a set of cards to use with patients and clients. While you’re on the Good Fats 101 site, check out some of the other teaching tools such as slide presentations, fact sheets and recipes.

Omega-9 Oils and Good Fats 101 will see you in Washington DC for FNCE 2018. In the meantime, please visit to check out our educational tools, recipes, sample menus and research summaries. You can also download our very popular Try This, Not That Cards and oils comparison chart. And let us know what else you’d like to see on our site or what you’d like to learn at FNCE 2018.


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