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Old 10-06-2010, 04:24 PM   #1
Andrew Klopfenstein
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In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Anyone else read this? An open challenge to the high carbohydrate standard american diet. Touches on everything from increased weightloss, to improvement in cardio vascular disease markers (HDL, triglycerides, etc) when eating a lower carbohydrate diet. Great read, you can check out the full text below.

http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article...02893/fulltext (WFS)


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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
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
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Re: In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Ameri

Impressive.
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:00 AM   #3
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Re: In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Ameri

Thanks for sharing, downloaded the PDF to read later.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:56 AM   #4
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Re: In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Ameri

Was reading this early today.



Always nice to see that the recommendations are completely at odds with the science.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:11 AM   #5
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Re: In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Ameri

Oh wow. This is a long one. Gotta read this one over lunch, I suppose.
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:16 PM   #6
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Re: In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Ameri

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We ask whether it would be preferable to convene an impartial panel of scientists consisting of biochemists, anthropologists, geneticists, physicists, etc., who are not directly tied to nutritional policy. Such a panel would be able to hear all sides in the debate with few preconceived notions. Recommendations issued by this group would be more likely to be moderate, circumspect, and established on a complete and accurate assessment of available science rather than a narrow perspective of accepted nutritional practice. Public health nutritional policies produced from such recommendations may then serve the honorable intentions of those first dietary goals “to maximize the quality of life for all Americans” [5].
Translation: More Taubes please.
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:57 PM   #7
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Re: In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Ameri

Everyone really needs to read this. I'm going to keep on bumping it for a while.

Put it on your facebooks or whatever social networking you guys use.
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Old 10-09-2010, 02:55 PM   #8
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Re: In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Ameri

That's funny...this article says what we're all thinking! (well, maybe some of us that is).

I agree with Steven...this is an important statement.
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:21 PM   #9
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Re: In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Ameri

Great stuff. Posted to facebook....even though it's not like anybody will actually take the time to read it.
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This is a fantastic article. Wow.
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