At this point most health professionals are comfortable stating the importance of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, less red meat and avoidance of excess refined sugar. The confusion continues about high fat/low carb, meat/no meat, and these are just a few examples. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans were initiated in the 1980s, which was also when the increase in obesity prevalence initially was observed. This brings up questions amongst many professionals about the guidelines, who writes them and their impact on the country.
An interesting conversation is shared in a recent British Medical Journal expose titled,
'How scientific are US dietary guidelines?'
If you have 15-20 minutes, please listen to this conversation by clicking here with Nina Teicholz, an investigative journalist. As health professionals we need to be aware of the noise surrounding this topic.
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*Sourced from AND's daily update email September 25, 2015.
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