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New Report Asserts Major Issues With the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines

September 24, 2015

The updated version of the U.S. dietary guidelines isn’t officially set to be issued until later this fall, but a new report in the British Medical Journal is claiming there’s already a major problem: The expert recommendations used to draw up the guidelines are flawed.

A new draft of the U.S. dietary guidelines comes out every five years and sets the standard both nationally and in much of the Western world. This year’s advice is seeking to make some key changes, notably to stop the demonization of eggs and dietary cholesterol and ease restrictions on salt intake, instead limiting sugar and meat intake — while also giving an OK to moderate coffee consumption. The draft guidelines came out to substantial fanfare earlier this year.

However, according to the report, the contributing experts failed to look closely at the most recent nutritional science, and thus got plenty wrong. Here are the significant criticisms:

The process

Health journalist Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise, wrote the BMJ report, noting that the committee working on guideline recommendations did not use the best resources at its disposal: the Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL), established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In 2010, when the last guidelines were released, the NEL was created to systematically review nutrition studies in order to be more rigorous in analyzing the science. However, the NEL was not consulted for about 70 percent of the topics discussed in 2015. Reviews conducted by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology were heavily used.

According to Teicholz, there are conflicts of interest with an external group’s reviews, based on the industries that fund them. “These groups conduct literature reviews according to different standards and are supported by food and drug companies,” she writes in her report. “The ACC reports receiving 38 percent of its revenue from industry in 2012, and the AHA reported 20 percent of revenue from industry in 2014.”

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