The USDA Dietary Guidelines can stay wrong longer than you can stay healthy

With the recent publication of the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), I am reminded of this quote attributed to the famous English economist John Maynard Keynes (1883 – 1946): The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. Why do I like this quote so much? Because for a … Continue reading The USDA Dietary Guidelines can stay wrong longer than you can stay healthy

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Causing Health, Not Preventing Disease What is health?  low risk factors? longevity? absence of disease? People talk about health and good health all the time, but they seem to assume you know what they mean. Why eat a good diet? to be healthy of course, but just what does that mean? Lower my risk factors … Continue reading Health Now

10 Ways to Radically Improve our Dietary Guidelines

After 35 years, isn't it time we had better Dietary Guidelines? A vision for better dietary guidelines that actually work In the above photo, you can see the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) meeting in September 2014. They have been finalizing their draft recommendations to go into their final report. Their charge has been to … Continue reading 10 Ways to Radically Improve our Dietary Guidelines

Low fat diets “probably not a good idea”

I came across a wonderful WSJ op-ed article today by Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise.  Here's a tweet she sent about it with a link to the piece: https://twitter.com/bigfatsurprise/status/527567722679644160 It reminded me that I had watched the very same DGAC meeting she mentions in the above article, where the vice-chair, Alice Lichtenstein, … Continue reading Low fat diets “probably not a good idea”