In this article in MedPageToday, two scientists – David Ludwig and Dariush Mozaffarian join many others in the scientific and medical community who are coming to realize that current guidelines on fat consumption are wrong and so stand against them…
Upcoming diet recommendations from a government panel should not place a limit on total dietary fat, two researchers argued in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Earlier this year, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a draft of new dietary guidelines that has since been both praised and criticized. The panel took a stand against added sugar, which many observers took as the right move. But some scientists have said that salt isn’t as detrimental to health as the draft revision claimed, and others contended that the recommendation to limit saturated fat was not in alignment with recent evidence.
Now, two researchers are calling attention to another aspect of the DGAC draft: that there is no advised limit on total dietary fat. The removal of that limit upended nearly 4 decades of dietary policy, wrote Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, at Tufts University in Boston, and David Ludwig, MD, PhD, at the Boston Children’s Hospital, in a Viewpoint appearing Tuesday in JAMA.
“The limit on total fat [in current recommendations] presents an obstacle to sensible change, promoting harmful low-fat foods, undermining attempts to limit intakes of refined starch and added sugar, and discouraging the restaurant and food industry from providing products higher in healthful fats,” wrote the authors.
And in an email to MedPage Today, Mozaffarian added that recent evidence has shown that focusing only on total fat might be detrimental. “Many people don’t realize how far the science has advanced in recent years, with multiple major studies and pooled analyses demonstrating the lack of benefit, and the potential for harm, for focusing on total fat,” he wrote.