Category: Dietary Guidelines

Has Low Fat Failed the Test of Time?

| June 14, 2013 | 18 Replies
Has Low Fat Failed the Test of Time?




“The Dietary Guidelines are the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy…” Since 1980, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have recommended a high carbohydrate, anti-fat diet. According to the Secretary of Agriculture, “Our Dietary Guidelines provide a way for the government to speak with one voice on nutrition and promoting […]






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Then (1950) and Now (2010): What changed, the science or the politics?

| September 13, 2012 | 27 Replies
Then (1950) and Now (2010): What changed, the science or the politics?




In the U.S. in 1950, obesity and diabetes were not public health problems. In 1980, USDA issued the first-ever low fat Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2010 – the same year that even more stringent anti-fat Dietary Guidelines were reaffirmed – the CDC in Atlanta referred to diabetes as a dangerous “run-away-train.” What happened between […]






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25 Reasons the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are wrong about cholesterol & saturated fat

| August 18, 2012 | 13 Replies
25 Reasons the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are wrong about cholesterol & saturated fat




1. In 1937, Columbia University biochemists David Rittenberg & Rudolph Schoenheimer demonstrated that dietary cholesterol had little or no influence on blood cholesterol. Never refuted, why do the 2010 Dietary Guidelines limit dietary cholesterol to fewer than 300 mg per day? 2. Dietary cholesterol is poorly absorbed – 50 percent at best (Mary Enig, PhD; Michael […]






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Dr. Eric B. Rimm: Limit on Fat in Guidelines Wrong

| May 10, 2012 | 2 Replies
Dr. Eric B. Rimm: Limit on Fat in Guidelines Wrong




On October 31, 2008, during that first meeting of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), Dr. Eric B. Rimm, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, questioned what he called the “artificial limit” on dietary fat in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.  From the transcripts:  www.cnpp.usda.gov/DGAs2010-Meeting1.htm Dr. Rimm: “I wanted to make a radical point, one […]






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