Congress Demands Review of Dietary Guidelines for Americans!

Obsolete?

Big news: Congress has just mandated a review of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This is the first time ever, in the 35-year-old history of the guidelines:

This is important because it’s the first time Congress has noted there is a problem with the Dietary Guidelines process,” said David McCarron, research associate at the Department of Nutrition at the University of California-Davis…. “There’s a lot of stuff in the guidelines that was right forty years ago but that science has disproved. Unfortunately, sometimes, the scientific community doesn’t like to backtrack.”

Washington Post: Congress: We need to review the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

There have been a lot of questions about how the guidelines can still recommend avoiding saturated fat, for example.

Probably the people responsible are just stuck in a way of thinking that made sense back in the 1980s. Unfortunately that’s when the obesity epidemic got started, and we can’t solve it with the same flawed thinking that got us into this mess.

Thankfully the problem with the mistaken low-fat advice can’t be hidden forever. Nothing like a big spotlight and open discussion to weed out old thinking and old mistakes.

Update

The demand for a review was apparently the work of The Nutrition Coalition.

More

TIME: Eat Butter. Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong.

Credit Suisse: The Future is Lower Carb, Higher Fat

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Stop Worrying about Saturated Fat!

Headlines All Over the World: The Fear of Fat Was a Mistake from the Beginning

3 comments

  1. arleen
    I need a guidlines.i want to loosemy weight.i am sick person.epilepsy..i hve a regular medcne and i fat everyday..i want to loose it.i dint know how..pls help...
  2. bill
    Dr. E:
    There might be a glitch in your postings.

    If you look at "Latest Comments" on this
    thread, for instance, you will only see "arleen's"
    above comment. If, however, you look at "News"
    and scroll down to this same thread, you will
    see the following 3 comments:

    1Paul TR
    December 20 2
    People on LCHF have excellent memory. We do not need studies to tell us this do we, we know it from experience.
    BBA Clin. 2015 Jan 16;3:123-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bbacli.2015.01.001. eCollection 2015.
    Pilot feasibility and safety study examining the effect of medium chain triglyceride supplementation in subjects with mild cognitive impairment: A randomized controlled trial.
    Rebello CJ1, Keller JN2, Liu AG2, Johnson WD2, Greenway FL2.
    Author information

    Abstract
    BACKGROUND:
    Impaired brain glucose metabolism appears to be a potential pathogenic feature of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This study examined the potential for increasing circulating ketone bodies through medium chain triglyceride (MCT) supplementation, as a means to beneficially modulate brain homeostasis in subjects with MCI.
    METHODS:
    Six participants with MCI were enrolled in a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Participants received 56 g/day of either medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) or placebo for 24 weeks. Serum β-hydroxybutyrate concentrations, apolipoprotein-E4 status, and cognitive assessments were carried out. Due to the small number of participants only the raw scores were examined.
    RESULTS:
    Intake of MCT oil increased serum ketone bodies and improved memory, while intake of placebo did not show improvement in any of the cognitive measures tested.
    CONCLUSIONS:
    Consumption of 56 g/day of MCTs for 24 weeks increases serum ketone concentrations and appears to be a candidate for larger randomized control trials in the future that quantify the modulation of cognitive function through supplementation with ketone precursors, in patients with MCI.

    2Jeroen
    December 22
    Looks good indeed:
    http://www.nutrition-coalition.org/2015/11/18/the-nutrition-coalition...

    Dr. Sarah!

    3Steven
    6 days ago
    Founded by the Arnold's, who also helped to found Taubes' NuSi foundation!

    Therefore, I think your followers are not
    getting a consistent experience from
    your blog, depending on how they
    look things up. That might also be
    why some people think you did not
    post their comments.

    Just a FYI.

    Reply: #3
  3. bill,
    I think those other 3 comments are actually on this post:
    http://www.dietdoctor.com/congress-review-of-dietary-guidelines-work-...

    But thanks for telling me, I love getting feedback on possible improvements.

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