Predictors of public support for nutrition-focused policy, systems and environmental change strategies in Los Angeles County, 2013
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    Nutrition-focused policies don't work due to bad dietary advice

    Current "nutrition-focused policies" are based on dietary dogmas that lack scientific veracity. For example, in 1977, with the best of intentions, no doubt, saturated fat was designated a nutrient of concern. This was the so-called evidence linking saturated fat to heart disease at the time the United States government declared saturated fats a health hazard.

    "The level of saturated fat in the diet is of concern because it has been directly linked to excessive levels of cholesterol in the blood and therefore to an increased risk of heart disease. Feeding studies in animals in the early 1900's linked high cholesterol intake to atherosclerosis. Evidence that cholesterol could affect the same arterial lesions in man came from Scandanavian countries where atherosclerotic diseases appeared to decline during the war years when consumption of calories and animal fat declined." (Dietary Goals for the United States, Second Edition, Page 39)

    On March 14, 2015, in comments submitted to USDA and HHS, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics said this about saturated fat:

    "The Academy supports the DGAC in its decision to drop dietary cholesterol from the nutrients of concern list and recommends it deemphasize saturated fat from nutrients of concern, given the lack of evidence connecting it with cardiovascular disease."...

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