Continuing Education: Dietary Fatty Acid Update

Course Description

This self-study module reviews the existing research on the impact of dietary fatty acids (saturated, trans, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated) on health and current dietary recommendations. Current topics, including the impact of coconut oil, are addressed. Guidance for working with the public is also provided.

This course has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered, who are credentialed through the agency are eligible to earn continuing professional education units (CPEUs) by completing this course.

CPEU Credit: 2.0 Hours | CPE Level: 2

Learning Objectives

After completing the self-study module, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the structural differences between saturated, trans, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated dietary fatty acids.
  2. Identify the negative impact of saturated and trans fats on health and disease risk.
  3. Identify the health benefits of unsaturated fats.
  4. Identify current recommendations for dietary fat intake.
  5. Provide recommendations on the optimal consumption of dietary fats to provide health benefits.
    Suggested Learning Needs Codes: 2020, 2070, 4030, 4040, 5160
    Suggested Performance Indicators: 6.2.5, 8.1.4, 8.3.6


Ready to Get Started?  

Step 1: Download and review the synopsis of the latest dietary fatty acid research.


Step 2: After reviewing the synopsis, complete a 10-question quiz to receive your Continuing Professional Education (CPE) certificate.