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The Nutrition Coalition Update | February 6, 2018

FEATURED

  • USDA Backs Reform of the Dietary Guidelines
  • U.S. News and World Report "Best Diets" Shown Not to be Evidence-Based
  • Low-Carb Diet Clinical Trial Numbers Show Definitively: Not a "Fad"

GOOD NEWS FROM WASHINGTON

The US Department of Agriculture announced that among the agency’s priorities for the Farm Bill currently being written in Congress is to  “Assure the scientific integrity of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans process through greater transparency and reliance on the most robust body of scientific evidence. “ This is an important statement and should lead to significant change.

WHY THE U.S. DIETARY GUIDELINES MATTER

Last week in The New York Times, a physician lamented that hospitals are serving, MD-backed “nutrition booster” drinks like Ensure--full of sugar (pictured above). High-carbohdyrate hospital food is the norm, even for diabetic patients, a direct consequence of the Guidelines prescribing high-carb diets for all. This is why the Guidelines should not be a one-size-fits-all diet and why they need reform.

BEYOND #ALTFACTS IN NUTRITION

Beyond #Altfacts in Nutrition  Since January is diet month, plenty of status-quo nutritional advice made headlines:

THE NEW SCIENCE ON METABOLIC DISEASES

Dig into the details with this comprehensive list of over 70 clinical trials on the low-carb diet, on nearly 7,000 patients. In all of these controlled trials, lower-carb, higher-fat regimes perform as well or better than the lower-fat alternative regimens. One of the critiques of the low-carb diet is that it's an anecdotal "fad," yet this large body of scientific evidence disproves that.

WORTH WATCHING

A terrific new documentary, The Magic Pill, has just been released on iTunes, Vimeo, Amazon, and Google Play. This is a potent film about the power of real food to heal disease, by super-talented filmmaker Rob Tate.  Watch this film! Then watch this space; The Nutrition Coalition will be supporting screenings of this film in local theaters, organized by members like you.

PARADIGM CHANGE - IT'S HAPPENING

Here are just two examples of mainstream institutions embracing real food.

NUTRITION FUN

What are the roots of the vegetarian fad in America? Turns out it was the hippie movement. NPR reports on a new, interesting book—Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat.

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This update was written with help by Jenni Calihan.
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