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How strong is the science behind the U.S. Dietary Guidelines?

They're updated every five years, and new guidelines are expected this fall, after a report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The committee's leader has emphasized the importance of including only the best medical evidence and said all committee members are vetted.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

This might be a valid statement if the person making it had any scientific credentials.  Unfortunately, writing a book on low-carb diets doesn’t rank very high on my list, especially since I have read it.  This is compounded by the obvious lack of scientific knowledge on the role of palmitic acid on disruption of satiety pathways via increased inflammation in the hypothalamus.  A simple search of Pub Med using either of the key phrases “palmitate-induced inflammation” or “palmitate-induced insulin resistance” would have generated a lot of articles for her to consider.  However, it was excellent PR for her book.


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