Why The US Dietary Guidelines Don’t Apply to 90% Of Americans And How They Can | This episode is brought to you by Tushy, Essentia, and Four Sigmatic
The dietary guidelines laid out by the government are conflicting with good health in so many ways. For one, they are recommendations that would only work for someone who is already healthy, yet close to 90% of our population in the US is metabolically unhealthy. They also don’t take ethnicity and socioeconomic status into account, among many other factors. This is a big issue. Clearly, we should be providing Americans with guidelines that will actually serve their health. And research shows that whether we like it or not, as a society we’ve followed the guidelines over several decades and suffered the consequences of worsening health.
Today’s guest has been a huge inspiration to me, as she’s challenged the conventional wisdom on nutrition and continues to expose the truth behind our guidelines and the food industry. Nina Teicholz is a science journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise, which upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat—especially saturated fat—and spurred a new conversation about whether these fats in fact cause heart disease. Named a Best Book of the Year by the Economist, Wall Street Journal, and Mother Jones, among others, it continues to be called a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the amazing story of how we came to believe fat is bad for our health—and what a better diet might look like.
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Here are more of the details from our interview:
How we are all affected by the U.S. dietary guidelines, even if we think we aren’t (7:06)
Why the guidelines don’t apply to the majority of Americans (12:01)
90% of scientific reviews that inform the U.S. dietary guidelines did not take race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status into account (17:43)
Conflicts of interest among scientists on the U.S. dietary guidelines scientific committee (21:22)
How the Office of Dietary Guidelines prohibits consideration of systematic reviews (31:21)
Why the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Committee chose not to consider research on weight loss and low-carbohydrate diets (34:32)
The ongoing confusion about saturated fat, cholesterol, and heart disease (42:05)
What can the average person do to improve the U.S. dietary guidelines? (53:28)
How to design guidelines that would help fix chronic disease (56:24)
Learn more about Nina Teicholz at https://ninateicholz.com/ and follow her on Facebook @NinaTeicholz and on Twitter @bigfatsurprise.
Learn more about The Nutrition Coalition at https://www.nutritioncoalition.us/.
Read, “Saturated Fats and Health: A Reassessment and Proposal for Food-Based Recommendations: JACC State-of-the-Art Review” here:
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