Ignore people who say that the U.S. has been on a low-fat diet. Total fats and oils have climbed fairly steadily since 1970. (In 2000, the number of companies reporting data to the USDA jumped, so the rise was probably less steep than it appears.)
The good news: shortening and margarines now have less trans. And (largely unsaturated) salad and cooking oils have replaced (more saturated) shortening. Less shortening would be even better. Who needs all those pies, pastries, and cookies?
Below is a chart showing fat consumption trends in America over the past 40 years.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Other relevant links:
- Studies show that coconut oil raises cholesterol levels. See: Is Coconut Oil Good for Your Heart?
- These substitutions will help you cut unhealthy fat from your diet. See: Tips for Minimizing Saturated Fat Intake
- Check out this graphic about the breakdown of common cooking oils. See: What Are Common Oils Made Up Of?