This week, we summarize the top five news articles and studies in the low-carb realm, plus the wall of shame.
- The CDC updates obesity data. What’s the number? Forty percent. 40% of US adults age 20-74 were obese in 2016. That number, in 1960, was just 13.4%. For children, between 2014 and 2016, both overweight (16.6%) and obesity (18.5%) continue to rise across all age groups and both genders, with one exception — teenage girls saw a slight improvement.
- The New York Times investigates an all-too-common problem in science: failure to report conflicts of interest that could bias authors’ perspectives. “One of the world’s top breast cancer doctors failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies in recent years, omitting his financial ties from dozens of research articles in prestigious publications like The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.” Corporate influence is a huge problem affecting not just drug studies, but nutrition research as well.
- The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services seek nominations for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. What can we do to encourage a seat at the table for a member of the low-carb community?
- Mainstream Psychology Today publishes Dr. Georgia Ede’s piece debunking the headline-grabbing epidemiological study linking low-carb diets with higher mortality that was published in The Lancet Public Health last month. Ede’s response spent two days at the very top of Psychology Today‘s posts. Separately, Chris Kresser also pens a lengthy response to the misleading headlines.
- A booming US economy (and better prices) means more beef on the grill. Bloomberg reports that the USDA estimates per capita consumption of beef will be up 1.4% this year.
Wall of shame
- Spam makes a comeback. 😮
- Kellogg stumbles as it responds to a suit from consumers who are challenging the “toxic” amount of sugar in brands with label claims like “lightly sweetened,” “heart healthy,” and “nutritious.”
- Nature Valley Granola Bars, a category leader made by General Mills, will drop its “100% natural” label claim due to legal pressure from consumer groups.
- One more reason to skip breakfast cereals and bars — The Atlantic explains that of 45 cereals and bars tested, only 2 were completely free of the herbicide glyphosate.
- The Wall Street Journal exposes the bizarre world of fancy ultra processed drink choices. They’re expensive, often not even tasty, and make questionable health claims.
- Utah State Fair “jumps the shark” with jazzercizing butter cows. Udderly weird.
- Modern problems: In Missouri, a new law will require foods labelled “meat” to actually be meat… What was once self-evident gets complicated.
- Dairy powerhouse Land O’Lakes produces a country music video, “She-I-O” (as in Old MacDonald: E-I-E-I-O), honoring the hard working women in dairy farming. Gulp; even for country, it’s a little too contrived.
Then check out Diet Doctor’s collection of keto guides. It is a great resource, and several Eat the Butter-authored practical guides are featured.
Tune in next week!
More with Jennifer Calihan
Advanced low-carb topics