NYT: the government’s bad dietary advice

Have three decades of dietary (low-fat) advice from the US government been a mistake? It seems the answer is a definite yes. How did that happen? Here’s a recent op-ed in The New York Times, no less, by Nina Teicholz:

NYT: The Government’s Bad Dietary Advice

Teicholz is the author of The Big Fat Surprise, a book I highly recommend. Here’s my full review.


Headlines All Over the World: The Fear of Fat Was a Mistake from the Beginning

Big Fat Surprise Among the Best Books of the Year

Saturated Fat and Butter: From Enemy to Friend


  1. Lori Miller
    Reason magazine also had an article on the government's misguided advice: http://reason.com/blog/2015/02/24/the-red-meat-eggs-fat-and-salt-diet...
  2. Howard Lee Harkness
    "How did experts get it so wrong?"
    That question is trivially easy to answer. Politicians and government bureaucrats know what is Politically Correct, but know less than nothing about Science, Health, Nutrition, or Diet. For that reason, when they actually come up with something that is correct, it is purely a random accident.
    Politicians and government bureaucrats need to stay completely out of things about which they know less than nothing. In particular, they have no legitimate business telling me what to eat or not to eat. Period.
  3. Boundless
    Much more humorous than Nina, and still dead-on:
    Replies: #4, #7
  4. bill

    That was great. Thanks for the link.

    How can anybody read that whole DGAC manifesto?
    It's insane.

  5. John Myers
    Reply: #6
  6. bill

    Yes. That, from the man who still advocates
    consuming whole grains.

  7. Apicius
    Boundless...thanks for posting the earthropology site link. Omg what a great writer and researcher, and funny as heck! Good stuff!

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