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The 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines: A Political and Corporate Spin on Evidence-Based Nutrition

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released their Scientific Report for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in mid-2015. After a “review”, the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020 (8th edition) have been released to the public, and it is clear … Continue reading

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OK, so I’m a Runner. Big deal. A New Year’s Resolution.

I interrupt this series on body weight with another brief holiday message from the heart. May peace be with you all. @DrTomSherman I came to the realization that I was too invested in my persona as a runner sometime last … Continue reading

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Assigning a Dollar Value to the Pleasures of Eating Nutritious Food

I am stretching my boundaries with this post, and apologize in advance for deciphering the opaque, impenetrable language of economics into something more comprehensible. This is something I have been thinking about for several months now and I needed to … Continue reading

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Sustainability is the Quiet Centerpiece of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released their Scientific Report for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, scheduled to be published later this year. The surprise feature, somewhat quietly introduced late in the report, is a recommendation to consider sustainability … Continue reading

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Recommended Sources of Information on Nutrition

A frequent request from my students is where to get reliable information on nutrition; a request often followed by “where do you get your information and what strategies do you use to keep up with the literature?” @DrTomSherman I was … Continue reading

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Finding a Diet You Can LIVE With

Challenges to Good Nutrition 2: this is the second entry in a series examining the personal challenges to good nutrition. @DrTomSherman or @GUFoodStudies I discussed the evidence for, and the many attractive advantages of, the Mediterranean Diet at the 2013 … Continue reading

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Teaching Nutrition in an Age of Nutritionism

This is the first entry in a six-week series of topics following the syllabus of my Human Nutrition & Obesity graduate summer course that begins today. Each entry offers a snapshot or principal take home message from that lecture. There … Continue reading

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