New US Food Availability Data

Americans Have Been Following the Guidelines The government just published a new report on American food availability, 1970-2014. This is big news! The last such report was published nearly a decade ago. This report confirms what the last one found: In nearly every way possible, Americans have followed official dietary advice. Some highlights: From 1970 … Read more

The Deal on DASH

Recently, US News and World Report published its annual diet rankings, and as usual, DASH was at the top. This is irresponsible. The DASH diet was designed to help reduce blood pressure for people with hypertension. It makes no sense to recommend this diet to a general population, for the main reason that DASH has pretty much only … Read more

My Press Release on BMJ Decision Not to Retract

The BMJ Stands by Study Questioning Scientific Validity of U.S. Dietary Guidelines 2015 peer-reviewed article by Nina Teicholz had been target of an unprecedented retraction effort December 3, 2016 New York, NY — In a victory for science, The BMJ (formerly The British Medical Journal) today stood in support of a peer-reviewed study it published in September 2015 by investigative journalist Nina Teicholz, which … Read more

Comment on BMJ Correction Notice

Response by Nina Teicholz, Science Journalist For The BMJ press release, with links to all the comments, click here. (This comment is longer than the one published by The BMJ.. Anything in this post that is not in The BMJ version is highlighted in green). I’m delighted that The BMJ has stood by this article and decided … Read more

Response to Dr. Hefland

[Added note, Dec 14, 2016]  For reporters or anyone else focusing on Dr. Mark Hefland’s comments. It’s important to put his comments in the larger context, which is that overall, The BMJ came out strongly in favor of the article, as reflected not only in the journal’s press release but also, quite powerfully, in comments by Editor-in-Chief Fiona Godlee. … Read more

Concern About the Science of the DGAs

There has been broad concern about the Dietary Guidelines and whether they are based on good science and/or have promoted good health: “Despite concerns for the lack of high-quality scientific evidence, the government and all the major professional nutrition associations had by the 1990s recommended that everyone beyond infancy eat a high-carbohydrate/low-fat diet. Americans were … Read more

Critique of Dean Ornish Op-Ed

The following is a critique of the science employed by Dr. Dean Ornish, in his op-ed published in The New York Times on March 23, 2015 The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Myth of High-Protein Diets Title is misleading and uninformed. The low-carb diet is not high-protein. It is high-fat. I’m not aware of anyone … Read more

For Reporters

Hello reporters, Because there’s so much misinformation out there about me/my book, I thought I’d just put together a quick fact sheet: The Big Fat Surprise is not a diet book. It contains no recipes and does not recommend any particular diet. It is a serious,  book of non-fiction, on the science, politics, and history of … Read more