The Fight Against Dietary Misinformation


In a recent study of 43 Latino and African American children with metabolic syndrome, for example, keeping total and calories from carbohydrate identical, a reduction from a mean of 28 per cent of calories from added sugar to 10 per cent, significantly reduced triglycerides, LDL-Cholesterol, blood pressure and fasting insulin within just ten days.

It’s been this very reliance on eminence trumping independent evidence that often stops policymakers, doctors and journalists asking the right questions while simultaneously misinforming the public.

As Albert Einstein once said, “A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.”

The public must also realise that the overwhelming majority of dietitians have no qualification or understanding of the basics of medicine and although most doctors equally have little or no training in nutrition, it’s not rocket science to advise people to avoid eating processed food, more than 70 per cent of which now includes added sugar.

As with the tobacco industry, there’s a lot of money at stake.

2 thoughts on “The Fight Against Dietary Misinformation”

  1. There’s an interesting Arstechnica article from last week about a synthetic sugar (trehalose) that was introduced a few years ago and which found its way into ice cream.

    It might be responsible for the rise of deadly c. dificil gut bacteria infections.

  2. I love how even serious people say “processed food” as if the term is meaningful, though.

    Want to say “less sugar”? Say that. That’s a meaningful thing, and easily targeted.

    Unless you’re eating it whole and raw, all your food is “processed”, and that’s okay.

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