WSJ: The food pyramid scheme

The new dietary guide for Americans is based on dubious science, perhaps especially when it comes to saturated fat and the remaining low-fat advice — and now Congress wants an impartial review. Big changes might be coming.

Nina Teicholz and Stephen E. Nissen has written a good new op-ed about the situation, in The Wall Street Journal:

WSJ: The Food Pyramid Scheme (paywall)

Real Daily Buzz: Steven Nissen and Nina Teicholz: The Food Pyramid Scheme (no paywall)


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A Worldwide Nutrition Revolution – Prof. Tim Noakes
Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes
Vegetable Oils, the Unknown Story – Nina Teicholz


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  1. Janknitz
    Good article!

    The make up of the independent committee will be key and it's good that Congress has asked DGAC members to recuse themselves. But it also bears watching against an even worse possibility that the committee would include individuals who have interests in agricultural or pharmaceutical industries!

  2. RT
    Regardless of what government guidelines state, as long as people are armed with accurate information and refuse to fall for the Appeal to Authority fallacy, we can make wise dietary choices. My only concerns are how the guidelines may influence the diets of people who have no readily available options (e.g. prisoners, inpatients, kids in orphanages) and the possible taxation of meat and other healthy high-fat foods based on the false assumption that they are harmful. The pseudoscientific zealots at CSPI would love to see such a system implemented, I believe. In any case, I will continue to ignore the government nutrition guidelines and encourage others to do the same.
  3. BobM
    It's difficult to ignore the guidelines. My 8 year old has already had two years of inculcation into the guidelines. She's been tested on them the last two years (second and third grade in the US). She comes home and I tell her everything she just learned is not supported by scientific evidence, is most likely wrong, and is most likely causing harm. That's not easy for an 8 year old to take or understand.
  4. chris c
    Are they still recommending that babies should go onto a low fat diet at age 2?

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