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Why the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Are Inappropriate for Most Americans

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  • The U.S. dietary guidelines determine what foods will be served in feeding assistance programs that touch 1 in 4 Americans every month, and have great impact on the health of the U.S. public as a whole
  • By restricting healthy fat, the 2015 guidelines end up having to include higher amounts of refined grains, because those foods are fortified with nutrients you’d typically get from fattier foods
  • Factors that undermine the ability to create science-based policy include catering to industry interests, and protecting professional investments and reputations

By Dr. Mercola

The 2015 to 2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines were recently published, and while they include some positive changes, they still contain serious flaws as well. In this interview, Nina Teicholz reviews a number of them — a task for which she is particularly suited, considering she's read the entire 571-page guidance report.


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