Share Dr. Miller’s Talk on Fats and Essential Fatty Acids By Damon Miller Years of negative associations of dietary fat with calories, body fat, cholesterol, and cancer have resulted in a general attitude that foods containing fats are simply to be avoided. Many food manufacturers have taken advantage of this attitude by modifying fat content and labeling wherever possible to tout “low-fat” as equivalent to “heart healthy” foods. Advertisements for such foods further instill the notion that dietary fat is bad. Amid the clamor over the largely mistaken problems associated with dietary fats, many very real problems have been created by the large-scale use of modified fats by food suppliers. Individuals do not feel the effects of poor dietary fat intake on the short term because of the presence of many protective mechanisms that cause health threats from fatty acid deficiencies and imbalances to be insidious and unrecognized.