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In case you want more of that editorial... - Elf M. Sternberg
In case you want more of that editorial...
A much larger excerpt from Dietary Guidelines in the 21st Century - a Time for Food.

More of the fundamental wisdom of Dr. Mozaffarin and Dr. Ludwig:
Based primarily on consideration of a few nutrients, a national obesity prevention program categorizes whole-milk yogurt and cheese with donuts and french fries as foods to eat occasionally; sauteed vegetables and tuna canned in vegetable oil with processed cheese spread and pretzels as foods to eat sometimes; and fresh fruits and vegetables with trimmed beef and fat-free mayonnaise as foods to eat almost anytime. Taking the nutrient approach to self serving extremes, the food industry "fortifies" highly processed foods, like refined cereals and sugar-sweetened beverages, with selected micronutrients and recharacterizes them as nutritious.
Best conclusion actually in the paper? "Nutrient targets in dietary guidelines issued by governments and organizations should largely be replaced by food-based targets."

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khakidoggy From: khakidoggy Date: March 21st, 2011 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting stuff.

Food science, more than any other, seems to revel in the revolutionary, though. Several times a year the claim comes along, sometimes from unsavory sources, sometimes from thoughtful people, that all you knew before is wrong -- or that only really old wisdom is true.

Acidy fats, Omega Supr3me, widdershins proteins -- these discoveries are so often bandied about as the new revolution, the new hot thing...

I don't mean to invalidate them at all, of course, I'm sure there's proper science behind it all.

As you've said before: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants, prepared at home. And be patient and attentive.

That's proper advice, right there.
elfs From: elfs Date: March 21st, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the point of the editorial is exactly your second sentence right there: we've had all of these nutritional deals over the years, and not one of them panned out. We told people to drop saturated fat, but there isn't a definitive study correlating saturated fat with heart disease. We studied carbo-loading, only to discover that protein loading works better. We sold a metric ton of supplements, only to discover that, out of fear of Big Pharma, we gave millions to Big Placebo. Really, just eat a fucking vegetable now and then.
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