Why are the new US Dietary Guidelines still issuing warnings about saturated fat in 2016? And why are they still discussing dietary cholesterol, even after removing the limit and even after their own preliminary report clearly said cholesterol is “no longer a nutrient of concern”?
Even more disturbingly, the guidelines pretend to have scientific support when in fact there is little to no evidence supporting them. A prominent cardiologist writing in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine yesterday even calls the guidelines “an evidence-free zone”!
Pretty remarkable, and it shows how non-existent the consensus behind the guidelines is.
- LA Times: New Dietary Guidelines spark intense debate among nutrition experts
- Annals of Internal Medicine: U.S. Dietary Guidelines: An Evidence-Free Zone
- CardioBrief: Recipe For Disaster: The New US Dietary Guidelines
There’s probably no good reason to obsess about saturated fat. There is no good evidence to support avoiding it.