This week, we highlight the biggest stories from the last month of real-food-more-fat in the news:
- Given the failure of our national dietary prescriptions to reduce levels of chronic disease, it is no wonder that the “nutrition debate” continues. In the latest volley, nutritional epidemiologist Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian argues in the BMJ that nutrition science can indeed be relied upon to improve our understanding of the connection between food and health. But Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz disagree, and make a strong case for “caution and humility” when interpreting epidemiological data for the purposes of population-wide dietary strategies for prevention of chronic disease.
- On a related note, back and forth we go with epidemiological studies. The New York Times reports on a new Swedish analysis, published in Heart, which makes the case that when fully adjusted for confounding variables, nuts aren’t as heart healthy as previously reported. Case in point, the same NYT reporter published an article entitled, “Nuts may lower your risk of heart disease” in November, 2017. Similarly, the Star Tribune reports that many older Americans are paying for vitamin supplements that may cause harm, as early exuberance for vitamins outpaces the evidence and consumers can’t keep up with the ever-changing recommendations.
- Virta Health, a Silicon Valley startup reversing type 2 Diabetes with a virtual clinic model and strict, low-carb diet, receives a shot in the arm from the VC community—$45 million in additional funding to help bring its model to scale. This is a strong endorsement of Virta’s excellent results.
- In the event you caught the headlines last month about a study showing that eating pasta helps you lose weight, you might want to read BuzzFeed’s take on how industry funding (the Barilla Group) of the scientists behind this and other studies impacts study results.
- The European Parliament hosted a presentation entitled: “Big Food and Big Pharma: Killing for Profit.” European Scientist reports on the provocative discussion, and the life saving (and money saving) paradigm shift recommended by the presenters— “Eating fat is fine, and on the contrary we should try to avoid sugar as much as possible in our diets.”
Tune in next week for reports on emerging science and real food success stories.