Nina Teicholz (author of The Big Fat Surprise) testified before congress and fought hard to get them to require the National Academy of Health to review the scientific basis for the Dietary Guidelines for Americas.
On September 1st, the committee will meet to review the current processes for each of the following:
How the advisory committee selection process can be improved to provide more transparency, eliminate bias, and include committee members with a range of viewpoints;
How the Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL) is compiled and utilized, including whether NEL reviews and other systematic reviews and data analysis are conducted according to rigorous and objective scientific standards;
How systematic reviews are conducted on long-standing DGA recommendations, including whether scientific studies are included from scientists with a range of viewpoints; and
How the DGA can better prevent chronic disease, ensure nutritional sufficiency for all Americans, and accommodate a range of individual factors, including age, gender, and metabolic health.”
Please, please take the time to speak out. The committee is accepting public comments from now until August 28th.That is just 10 days away! Leave your own feedback about how the system can be improved and share this message with all your contacts.
Read the Review of the Process to Update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans here and leave your comments: http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/Nutrition/DietaryGuidelinesforAmericans.aspx
The first set of dietary guidelines from our government came out in the early 1980s. They recommended a low-fat diet with most of its calories coming from carbohydrates and grains and replacing saturated fats with vegetable oils. Subsequent guidelines have changed very little in the last 40 years. Here is a graph that shows how much they have improved the health of Americans:
Ben Fury posted a month of DGA-guided “healthy” breakfast menus for school children here. Does the DGA committee really think anyone, let alone someone who is overweight, diabetic, or metabolically challenged (in other words, the majority of Americans!), should eat a breakfast of “fruit strudel, fruit yogurt, granola bar, banana, cereal, and 1% chocolate milk”? Or, “bean and cheese burrito, fruit juice, 1% milk, and cereal”? Or, “banana bread, fruit, cereal, and 1% chocolate milk?”
Thank you, Nina for giving us this opportunity. I hope it is a game changer!
(c) 2016, Judy Barnes Baker, www.carbwarscookbooks.com