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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Dietetics Organization Joins the 21st Century (Kind Of...)

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, or, unlike me, you have an actual life, which precludes you from reading as many nutrition articles, blogs, and papers as I do, you might have missed the comments from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) in response to the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. (The AND was formerly the ADA—the American Dietetic Association—the body that oversees the registered dietitian credential [RD].)

This thing has been making the rounds in the low-carb, Paleo, Primal and real food circles, mostly because it is a refreshing—and we might even say downright shocking—reversal of course by this supremely mainstream organization regarding some of the nutrients that have been public outlaws for the past few decades. While the AND has certainly not come out and directly endorsed higher-fat, low-carbohydrate diets, here a few general points they made about the recommendations by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), some of which agree with the committee’s findings, and some of which don’t: 
  • Very low sodium diets are not appropriate for everyone, and may, in fact, be harmful for some populations. 
  • There is no correlation between dietary cholesterol intake and serum cholesterol levels.
  • Since the studies on saturated fat, cholesterol, and heart disease over the years have been so terribly conducted and interpreted, “the Academy suggests that HHS and USDA support a similar revision [for that of cholesterol] deemphasizing saturated fat as a nutrient of concern.”
  • Carbohydrate intake is a much stronger predictor for cardiovascular disease risk than is saturated fat, and it might not be such a bad idea to replace some amount of dietary carbohydrate with fat. 

As you can see, these points mark a huge step forward for this organization, which in the past, has been tepid, conventional, and by-the-book all the way. It’s a gutsy move, and I’m thrilled to see it happen. I applaud the AND for joining the rest of us in the 21st Century with regard to basic science about food and human health. Since I have ragged pretty hard on the AND in the past, I’m happy to be able to give credit where credit is due.

The above nicked from this great blog here.

How long before the British Dietetic Association catch up and join the real world?



Galina L. said...

Do British health organisations react on such diet news from US?

'Shootin' Blanks' said...

You haven't got a life, apart from hanging on at DCUK, pitifully copying their forum onto your own, so at last you can post the pearls of wisdom they won't let you over there. Get a grip, the sun's shining, get your carers to wheel you out for a bit!

Lowcarb team member said...

Haven’t got a life 'Shootin' Blanks'! don’t make me laugh; your whole miserable existence revolves around this blog. That’s self-evident from the amount of comments of yours I’ve deleted, but hey it’s so good we are still getting up the noses of clowns like you. Pearls of wisdom over at DCUK! Really! Now you are taking the proverbial piss, what’s your area of expertise: word association game, three word story game or maybe the movie alphabet game.

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By the way sunshine Eddies working away from home for the next few days so I will be dealing with your drivel, so just keep the comments coming it only takes seconds to delete them, though I may allow the odd one through.

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Graham xxx