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USA Dietary guidelines remain unproven according to new report


The New Zealand guidelines (Ministry of Health Food and Nutrition Guidelines) for a healthy diet closely follow recommended USA dietary guidelines. Here is a recent critique of the research behind the guidelines.

In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee (click for full report, abstract below) PDF

Adele H. Hite, M.A.T.a, Richard David Feinman, Ph.D.bCorresponding Author Informationemail address, Gabriel E. Guzman, Ph.D.c, Morton Satin, M.Sc.d, Pamela A. Schoenfeld, R.D.e, Richard J. Wood, Ph.D.f


Concerns that were raised with the first dietary recommendations 30 y ago have yet to be adequately addressed. The initial Dietary Goals for Americans (1977) proposed increases in carbohydrate intake and decreases in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and salt consumption that are carried further in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Report. Important aspects of these recommendations remain unproven, yet a dietary shift in this direction has already taken place even as overweight/obesity and diabetes have increased. Although appealing to an evidence-based methodology, the DGAC Report demonstrates several critical weaknesses, including use of an incomplete body of relevant science; inaccurately representing, interpreting, or summarizing the literature; and drawing conclusions and/or making recommendations that do not reflect the limitations or controversies in the science. An objective assessment of evidence in the DGAC Report does not suggest a conclusive proscription against low-carbohydrate diets. The DGAC Report does not provide sufficient evidence to conclude that increases in whole grain and fiber and decreases in dietary saturated fat, salt, and animal protein will lead to positive health outcomes. Lack of supporting evidence limits the value of the proposed recommendations as guidance for consumers or as the basis for public health policy. It is time to reexamine how US dietary guidelines are created and ask whether the current process is still appropriate for our needs.

A number of bloggers are commenting on the full report, here’s more great reading:

Tom Naughton, Fat Head: The dietary guidelines committee group receives the spanking it deserves

Chris Kresser at Healthy Skeptic: New study blasts the ridiculous low-fat dietary guidelines

Dr Jay Wortman: American Dietary Guidelines Reviewed

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