Diet Doctor Podcast 107 — Can we improve the Dietary Guidelines?

Cinnamon rolls, chocolate milk, pizza, and biscuits. Do these sound like healthy foods to you? According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), these foods meet our standards and can be fed to our children, military, seniors, and just about everyone else.

A clear disconnect exists between what rigorous science suggests is healthy and what the guidelines recommend. Why does this disconnect exist, and what can we do about it?

Award-winning journalist and author Nina Teicholz joins us to talk about the DGA, reviewing what has changed (and hasn’t changed) in the past few years and what we can do about it.

Nina dedicates herself — along with the advocacy group she founded, The Nutrition Coalition — to promoting the need for rigorous scientific evaluation of the DGA. While we’ve made some progress, you’ll hear how conflicts of interest, scientific contradictions, and willful disregard of science continue to permeate the guidelines.

The information Nina uncovered sounds like a fictional spy thriller, but it is all true, and will likely infuriate you. But don’t get dejected. You can make a difference. You can help make sure future versions of the DGA are based on science, and Nina tells you how.

About the video

Virtual podcast recorded in September 2022, published in October 2022.
Host: Dr. Bret Scher
Producer: Hari Dewang

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