Our dietary guidelines don’t reflect science

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How can many experts keep saying that butter is dangerous, when there’s no solid scientific support for it?

Science-writer Nina Teicholz recently stirred up much controversy with an article harshly criticizing the current dietary guidelines in a prestigious medical journal, the British Medical Journal. No less than 180 old-school experts came out to urge the journal to retract the article.

However, the BMJ decided to stand behind her words, as they reflected current science – a big step in the right direction.

But why are dietary guidelines still stuck in the past? Why is the process of basing the dietary guidelines on solid science so slow? And is there something to be done about it? Teicholz knows the answers better than perhaps anyone, and in this interview she explains them.

Watch a part of the interview above (transcript). The full video is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

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