US readers: Help shape the dietary guidelines, now!

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If you’re an American whose health or weight has been improved by keto or low carb eating, we hope you’ll speak up to shape the next version of the US Dietary Guidelines.

Your honest, personalized comments can help guide the process to include taking a harder look at the evidence supporting low carb diets.

Note: The timeline to provide input is short. The US government will close off comments at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday May 16, 2022.  Below, we’ve provided simple instructions and a link to add your voice to the review process.

But first, here’s a bit more background about what is happening and why the timing of your input is so critical.

Last month, the United States Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (USDA-HHS) began the process of reviewing the Dietary Guidelines for 2025 by publishing a list of the scientific questions they propose to address. 

These are the questions that a special committee (so far unnamed) will review in order to create the new version of the guidelines for 2025 to 2030.

Unfortunately, not a single question — not one! — is asked about the science of low carbohydrate diets. If no questions about low carb diets are in the review process, the review committee will not examine the ever-growing body of evidence. In essence, they will ignore research amassed over the last 20 years that supports carbohydrate reduction for weight loss, diabetes management, and improving many other metabolic health issues. 

If the special committee doesn’t review this science, low carb diets will not be included as a healthy option in the next version of the guidelines. 

The current guidelines advise Americans to eat more than 50% of their daily calories as carbohydrates. These guidelines impact medical advice, government nutritional policy, and government programs and services. They even impact the menus in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, army bases, and more.

“We need [to encourage] the government to finally review the science that demonstrates the vast benefits of low-carbohydrate diets in helping people overcome diabetes, improve their cardiovascular health, lose weight, and so much more,” urges Jennifer Friedlin, president of the Nutrition Coalition

The Nutrition Coalition is a non-profit educational organization created with the primary goal to ensure that US nutrition policy is based on rigorous scientific evidence. The coalition is leading the effort to get US citizens to submit comments to the Dietary Guideline process, demanding that the set of scientific questions include a question about the evidence for low carb and keto diets.

This is the specific wording the coalition suggests be added to the list of scientific questions:

What is the effect of low-carbohydrate diets (including low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets, defined altogether as less than 25% of total calories or 100 grams of carbohydrates per day) on overweight/obesity, pre-diabetes/diabetes, and heart disease risk factors?

The coalition suggests that ordinary citizens request that the USDA-HHS include this question about low carb diets in the scientific review and then use their own words to share how their health and weight have improved with this way of eating. 

Since Diet Doctor shares the goal of improving world health based on healthier, evidence-based diets, we are urging supporters to submit a comment by May 16. Please submit a comment, and share this post to encourage others to share their perspectives. 

Here is the link to the commenting process.

Comment here!

For more information see a special page on the issue at The Nutrition Coalition.

27 comments

  1. 9 comments removed
  2. Mark Bradley
    Done and happy to do it. Great question to include in the process of developing new dietary guidelines.
  3. Marcia
    Done and am asking more questions.

    It would be helpful if Diet Doctor provided more questions for its members to ask, which present a broader scope of research already done and applications of the science, to compel the US HHS to consider the questions and examine the findings and successes of the low carbohydrate and ketogenic fields.

  4. Kay Lynn Perry
    Done!
  5. Teresa
    Done!!
  6. Christy
    Done! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I feel very strongly that the question posed by Diet Doctor should be included in this study and find it appalling that research on low carb diets continues to be ignored by the government studies.
  7. Shonna
    done!!!
  8. ajbaxter90
    Done and happy to do this!
  9. Joan Rond
    Done
  10. Sonia
    Done!!
  11. Kris
    Done
    What an accomplishment and advancement in health if/when the benefits of a low carb become mainstream, and even becomes the norm.
  12. James
    Done!
  13. Kristie
    Done! Thank you for notifying us of this opportunity.
  14. kathrynbbrown
    Done, and also asked them to examine the effects of time-restricted eating and intermittent fasting as well.
    Thank you for informing and motivating us!
  15. Kim Bahr
    Done. Thank you for keeping us informed.
  16. Monica
    Thank you for this email/article, I commented and will ask a few other to do so as well
  17. Alfonsina Zolynski
    Done! Thank you for bringing this to our attention, as a nurse I can see that the diets of the general public needs to change! More and more young people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and I’m convinced it’s due to the standard American diet, something needs to change
  18. Deborah
    Done. Thank you for updating us on this important matter.
  19. Toni
    Done. I hope we get a voice
  20. Dave
    Done. Thanks for organizing this! I hope other voices in the keto/LCHF community are joining in as well! (Do you all know of any other orgs that are on board?)
  21. Mini
    Done! Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
  22. Ann
    Done! Makes perfect sense. I hope we are heard. If the names of those on the "special committee" become known, it would be helpful to share that info. Regards, Ann
  23. Mary Catherine Sandell
    Thanks for the heads up. Done. Mary
  24. Paul Taylor
    Absolutely commented!

    Good job you highlighted the opportunity as it shows only one day remaining for available comment!

  25. Cassie Richwine
    I sent my comments. Didn't see anything to attach for the Scientific proof though. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

    Hope the blast of questions we all sent gets it done!

  26. brenda
    Glad to help. Not that I would believe anything put out by my government. I hope it helps those who listen.
  27. Dawn
    Will there be a follow-up article? When do you find out if the comments helped to get a question added about low carb?
    Reply: #36
  28. Thanks to all who commented. Dawn, further to your question: We will keep track of the issue and post a follow-up when we learn whether or not the question was added and share any other pertinent info to this process.

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