The Nutrition Coalition has been working hard to get science-based experts appointed the next Dietary Guidelines committee. This committee will be decided upon in the next few weeks by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (in consultation with US-HHS, if the government re-opens).
We’ve worked to get some people nominated—scientists like Sarah Hallberg who have a strong understanding of the latest science on low-carbohydrate diets and saturated fats. Also, we have actively supported the nomination of Stanford professor John Ioannidis (nominated by The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) because he is accepted as a world leader in critically evaluating scientific evidence.
Action To Take
@SecretarySonny at USDA: Be the American hero who reverses the nation’s obesity and diabetes epidemic! Choose evidence-based scientists for next Dietary Guidelines committee. https://bit.ly/2RDZQSA
- The Dietary Guidelines are super powerful, and the driving choices for school lunches, feeding programs for the elderly, hospital food and military rations, as well as influencing the advice dispensed by doctors, nurses, dieticians and nutritionists.
- If guidelines are off or downright wrong, the potential impact on our epidemics of obesity, diabetes and neurological diseases is devastating.
- The last committee in 2015 did not include a balanced set of opinions; in fact, (11 out of 14, or nearly 80%) had consistently published work in favor of plant-based, low-animal-fat, vegetarian diets.
- Current guidelines are high-carb for all and not science-based, requiring 6-10 servings of grains per day (or 50-55% of calories as carbohydrates)…for all Americans. They fail to reach nutritional sufficiency goals on key nutrients, and they recommend only low-fat dairy and lean meat.
- Change will not happen without a committee that is genuinely balanced in viewpoints, with experts who won’t simply rubber-stamp the status quo.
- We know that high-quality, non-mainstream experts have been nominated, and we fear that vested interests will keep them off the committee.
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