The scientific basis of low-fat dietary advice? “Best guesses”

Have we been totally wrong about what to eat? Did the low-fat diet start the obesity epidemic? Here’s an interesting 10 minute mini-documentary from The New York Times, featuring two wise men, Gary Taubes and Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian.

NYT: A Healthy Diet’s Main Ingredients? Best Guesses

While the low-fat high-sugar diet of the 80s was a huge mistake, we should not take for granted that we know everything yet. As Dr. Mozaffarian says, conventional low-fat advice may have been based mostly on “best guesses”. But we still might only know about 50% of what we need to know – and we don’t know which 50% of is wrong.

More studies are needed, etc. But I’ll still venture a few guesses about common beliefs in 2016 that we’ll laugh about in the future:

  • Fear of natural fat like butter
  • Fixating on calories and neglecting hormonal regulation
  • Advice to eat often to lose weight (LOL)
  • All diets being equally good for losing weight
  • Magical belief in antioxidants and polyphenols etc., based on observational non-evidence
  • Cow farts being a danger to the environment (if no fossil fuels involved)

What is your best guesses about what is wrong in what people believe today?


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One comment

  1. Apicius
    Hahaha....cow farts!!! Very funny, Dr Eenfeldt. And so very true! Im pretty fed up of hearing about how cow farts are causing global warming. Sheesh!

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