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The Science and Politics of Nutrition

Everyday Foods With High Sugar Content

Everyday Foods With High Sugar Counts

Sugar has made its way into many staple food items, such that average Americans consume far more sugar than they realize. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines caps sugar at 10% of daily calories–which amounts to about 25 grams for 2,000 calorie/day diet, That’s still too much for people struggling to lose weight or fight other nutrition-related … Read more

Ketogenic Diet Myths vs. Facts

A slew of articles in recent months have referred to the ketogenic diet as a “fad” or “trend.” It’s “dangerous,” claimed one article, and an anonymous post by the Harvard Public School of Public Health said the diet “comes with serious risks.”1 Yet strangely, these critics seldom cite scientists or doctors who work with the … Read more

America’s Changing Attitudes on Fat Consumption

America's changing attitudes on fat consumption

New Survey Shows Changing U.S. Attitudes Towards Fat For nearly half a century, the low-fat diet has cautioned Americans against eating fat. Yet according to a recent Gallup survey, the fear of fat is melting. Gallup recently surveyed Americans between the ages of 18 and 65, with results below. Over the past five years, the … Read more

Hospitals Shouldn’t Be Sugar Shacks

Hospitals Shouldn't Be Sugar Shacks Graphic

The pervasive presence of sugar in hospitals and other public spaces has been in headlines recently, as doctors on both sides of the Atlantic have protested that hospitals, which are ostensibly about health, should not become veritable “sugar shacks.”¹ It’s estimated that 20% of hospitals have fast food restaurants on the premises, with twice that … Read more

Do low-carb diets shorten life?

Do low-carb diets shorten life? Recent headlines from a Harvard study caused a scare. Here’s my in-depth critique of that study. (Story is free with registration) https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/901910?src=soc_tw_share

Barilla pasta meddling in nutrition science

See this post at The Nutrition Coalition about how Barilla pasta has for nearly a decade been funding a major campaign to promote carbs as “Good for health and good for the planet.” This involves promoting grains/pasta as healthy, which the company has been doing by funding nutrition scientists to “find” that pasta helps with … Read more