The Sour Side of the Sugar Industry

In an analysis of archived correspondence between the Sugar Research Foundation (today the Sugar Association) and several prominent Harvard nutrition researchers in the mid-1960s, it has been revealed that secret support was given in an attempt to shift the blame from sugar to fat as the culprit behind coronary heart disease. Not all the dots…

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Change is Blowing in the Wind for Dietary Guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (U.S.) is proposing to remove the limits on dietary cholesterol in the 2015 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This has been a mainstay since the 1960s. Evidence suggests that while serum cholesterol is still a risk factor, dietary cholesterol may not play as important a role as once thought.…

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The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

In 1997, the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research published Food. Nutrition, and the Prevention of Cancer: a global perspective. It became the “bible” of information for governments and agencies around the world to study and quote in establishing health care policy and writing health care brochures and books. In…

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U.S. Government Replaces the Dietary Pyramid with a New Icon

Last week U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a new dietary guideline icon called MyPlate. This replaces the MyPyramid which many complained was too complicated to follow. This simple, uncomplicated symbol is designed to help people think about their food choices in order to lead a healthier life.PositiveTip: How is…

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New American Dietary Guidelines Released

The newest revision of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 has now been released with no big changes. There are some tweaks such as more suggestions on healthy foods rather than the unhealthy ones. Added sugar now gets separate emphasis. The basic numeric targets are the same for the major nutrients. The most controversial change…

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The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Are Here

 The Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 is now released. After reviewing the scientific data, four major findings were issued:Obesity and overweight in the population demands a reduction in calories.Shift to a plant-based diet emphasizing vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.Significant reductions in refined sugars, fats, and…

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