Nutrition Coalition Members Quoted In Response to Release of Dietary Guidelines

New Dietary Guidelines Urge Less Sugar for All and Less Protein for Boys and Men

By Anahad O'Connor. New York Times, 1/7/16

Another advocacy group, the Nutrition Coalition, said that other than the new cap on added sugar, the guidelines mostly continued old advice to eat more whole grains, produce and vegetable oils while cutting back on saturated fat from foods like butter, whole milk and red meat.

"These dietary guidelines are virtually identical to those of the past 35 years, during which time obesity and diabetes have skyrocketed," said Nina Teicholz, a spokeswoman for the group. "Given the same advice, it’s not clear why we should expect different outcomes."

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Government revises Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Go ahead and have some eggs

By Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post, 1/7/16

"Given the same advice, it’s not clear why we should expect different outcomes, especially when consumption data shows that over the past decades, Americans have, in fact, followed USDA advice," said Nina Teicholz, the author of Big Fat Surprise and a board member at the Nutrition Coalition, a new group, funded by Houston-based philanthropists Laura and John D. Arnold, lobbying for changes to the way the government develops dietary advice.

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Why the 2015 Dietary Guidelines are a Problem and Likely to Stay That Way

By Dan Nosowitz, Modern Farmer, 1/7/16

Nina Teicholz is a journalist and the author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Dietas well as a board member of the Nutrition Coalition, an organization recently launched because, according to their site, “a thorough and transparent process for developing new guidelines is needed to ensure that dietary advice to Americans is based on rigorous science.” Teicholz is not so much on the side of the pro-meat, pro-fat paleo types; she repeatedly stated in our phone conversation that she is on the side of “good science,” nothing more or less. She also is on the side of complexity; universal rules that hold true for everyone seem to chafe her quite a bit. One of those simple rules that she fights against is that fat, specifically saturated fat, is always bad. Another is that salt is always bad; Teicholz points to a recent study that finds that there is a window of ideal salt intake, and that having either too much (duh) or too little (huh!) salt is associated with health problems.

“I think that the guidelines should reflect the uncertainty of the science,” says Teicholz. “Maybe they should inform and be more humble in what they advise. They’re really quite certain about what they think is a healthy diet for everyone, and on several important, key issues, the science is really not as settled as the guidelines portray.”

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