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  • Revised Australian Dietary Guidelines

    Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council released its revised dietary guidelines today:

    A few quotes to show the utter stupidity of the authors:

    From the guideline summary

    Replace high fat foods which contain predominantly saturated fats such as butter, cream, cooking margarine, coconut and palm oil with foods which contain predominantly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats such as oils, spreads, nut butters/pastes and avocado
    From the body, justifying the guidelines

    The 2003 edition of the dietary guidelines and many international public health organisations, including the World Health Organization (WHO),98 emphasised the major role of fat consumption in the development of overweight and obesity and of reducing fat intake as part of management. More recently, WHO has shifted its emphasis, stating that there is convincing evidence that energy balance is critical to maintaining healthy weight and ensuring optimal nutrient intakes, regardless of macronutrient distribution.184 Although no specific macronutrient may be responsible for the development of obesity, the proportion of macronutrients in the diet does influence energy and nutrient intake, which may impinge on weight management and health outcomes
    Recent evidence suggests that consumption of dairy foods is not associated with weight change
    or risk of obesity (Grade C; Evidence Report, Section 5.8)209-214 and that consuming milk is not associated with BMI or BMI change in childhood (Grade C; Evidence Report, Section 5.9).209,215-219 These findings are consistent with those of the US review, which found strong evidence that intake of milk and milk products do not have a distinct role in weight control.198
    Very sad that my taxes contributed to this

    Of interest though is their assessment of glycaemic index and glycaemic load:

    The US review found strong and consistent evidence that glycaemic index and/or glycaemic
    load are not associated with body weight and that modifying either of these does not lead to greater weight loss or better weight management.198 There is considerable variability in these indices, depending on inter-and intra-individual factors and the form of food (including the degree of processing, stage of ripeness, cooking and cooling times), which may limit practical application.199 These factors were not included in the literature review to inform the revision of these Guidelines
    But then there is this:

    There is evidence of a probable association between consumption of three to five serves per day
    of grain (cereal) foods (mainly wholegrain) and a reduced risk of weight gain (Grade B; Evidence Report,
    Section 6.5).215,220-229
    Flies in the face of my weight loss and stability for three years
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

  • #2
    Here's a debate (in Australia) on this topic. It's interesting to listen to how they arrive at the conclusions. One does wonder.
    "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase


    • #3
      They also replaced the food pyramid with a food pie. Interesting choice
      I'll be back


      • #4
        I couldn't read too far. Stopped at BMI. Annoying. Thanks for the link, have bookmarked it - maybe in a zen mood to read it sometime without getting too irritated.