Are keto and other low-carb diets the worst diets in the world? Should we all follow very conventional diets full of whole grains and other carbs?
That’s what you may believe, after reading the U.S. News & World Report diet rankings, that were recently released.
There’s just one tiny problem. They base their rankings on the opinions of certain selected experts, who have been saying basically the exact same thing for decades. Decades that have seen the worst obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics in the history of the world. Also, unfortunately, science has (so far) failed to prove the benefit of this advice.
Something is definitely rotten in the state of Denmark. And journalists and nutrition experts Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz know what it is. Here’s their new op-ed from the Los Angeles Times:
Why would 25 doctors, dietitians and nutritionists on the U.S. News panel choose a dietary philosophy that has — so far, at least — failed us? They might be entrenched in their opinions, supported by the industries that benefit from these diets, motivated by non-nutrition agendas such as animal-rights activism, or they might simply have fallen into the easy convenience of groupthink…
In the midst of a worldwide obesity and diabetes crisis, we don’t need more input from experts who aren’t paying attention to the latest science or who can’t break free from 50 years of conventional thinking about healthy eating. Promoting the same dietary advice over and over again while expecting different results is indeed a kind of insanity, and worse, is doing nothing to combat rising disease and death rates. Consumers need solid information about how to eat for good health. The U.S. News “best diets” issue doesn’t measure up.