Thanks for using my photograph to illustrate this discussion about concerns relating to US Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition Coalition (@4DietaryReform), in this post written by Nina Teicholz (@bigfatsurprise).
The photograph was taken at the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee meeting in Washington, DC, along with several others (see below).
As the blog post states, there are concerns being raised about the methodologies employed in 2020 scientific review process.
The Nutrition Coalition does not advance any specific dietary pattern (and neither do I), and does not have ties to industry (and neither do I).
I freely admit I am a health focused, prevention-oriented, nutrition geek, who has a desire to know rather than a desire to be right. It is known how to do scientific reviews accurately, and the definitions of dietary patterns are well described. It’s unclear why new, arbitrary versions of these are being employed now.
A room or environment like this is as far as someone could get from the impact of nutritional deficiencies affecting Americans today – only 12 % are considered metabolically healthy. This is not to imply that Committee members are not connected to the realities of dietary guidelines, it is to underscore the importance of their work.
The expert committee reviewing the science for America’s nutrition policy, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), held its third, two-day meeting last week, in Washington, D.C. While the committee is working hard to review the science, some “38,000 studies” so far, according to government offic