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“The Scientific Report Guiding the US Dietary Guidelines: Is it Scientific?”

It has a big impact on the diet of American citizens, and those of most Western nations, so why does the expert advice underpinning US government dietary guidelines not take account of all the relevant scientific evidence? Nina Teicholz reports.

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Op-ed with Steve Nissen, Chief Cardiologist of the Cleveland Clinic: “The Food Pyramid Scheme”

The feds’ dietary guide is based on dubious science – and now Congress wants an impartial review.

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Op-ed: “The Government’s Bad Diet Advice”

For two generations, Americans ate fewer eggs and other animal products because policy makers told them that fat and cholesterol were bad for their health. Now both dogmas have been debunked in quick succession.

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Op-ed: “The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders”

The low-fat-diet regimen is turning out to be based on bad science, but the USDA has been slow to catch on.

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Op-ed: “Our Fear of Fat is Melting”

(CNN) — Eating fat helps heart health and weight loss, concluded a widely reported clinical trial this week.

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Op-ed: “Don’t Scapegoat Big Sugar. Lots of Food Producers Profited From the Demonization of Fat.”

The recent revelation that Harvard scientists were paid off to downplay sugar’s harms in the 1960s shows how the food industry shockingly manipulated nutrition science for decades. Yet the news media has given the sugar industry too much credit. The real story about how sugar got a pass — while dietary fat and cholesterol were blamed for heart disease — reveals that other industries played a role, as did, surprisingly, many of the country’s leading scientists.

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“The Science of Saturated Fat: A Big Fat Surprise About Nutrition?”

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets.

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“Heart Breaker”

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets.

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“The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease”
Weekend Opinion Piece in The Wall Street Journal

Are butter, cheese and steak really bad for you? The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade.

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“What if Bad Fat is Actually Good for You?”

For decades, Americans have been told that saturated fat clogs arteries and causes heart disease. But there’s just one problem: No one’s ever proved it.

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“The Big Fat Surprise: Toxic Heated Oils”

This fascinating material is excerpted from The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz, reprinted with permission of Simon & Schuster. The effort to remove trans fats from the diet has been largely successful; unfortunately, what restaurants, fast food establishments and food processing companies are now using may be much worse.

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“How We Got Red Meat Wrong”

The idea that red meat is a principal dietary culprit has pervaded our national conversation for decades. We have been led to believe that we’ve strayed from a more perfect, less meat-filled past. Most prominently, when Senator McGovern announced his Senate committee’s report, called Dietary Goals, at a press conference in 1977, he expressed a gloomy outlook about where the American diet was heading.

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“The Limits of Sugar Guidelines”

Is there a danger in governments offering too-specific advice on sugar consumption?