We know this 2013 dietary guideline does not work.
Please do the NHMRC survey in the next 24 hours and make a case for reviewing #Meat #Salt #Cereal #Fat in 2021. @DrPeterBrukner @MueckeDr & I have drafted a letter with options for you - follow the thread.
A review of the Australian Dietary Guidelines has commenced and we are writing to inform you on how you can participate.
Together, we will be advocating for a review process that is independent, free from conflicts of interest and relevant to all Australians.
It’s vital we call out the influence of commercial interests in the procurement of scientific evidence that impacts our health.
The scoping survey is the first step, and it closes on 3pm AEST, Monday 15 March. It has two key questions that will drive the direction of the review.
We believe it will be vital to have consistent responses on these questions, so we have collated our thinking below for your consideration.
The review has ensured industry will be consulted, so together we must ensure the science and the voice of the community is not ignored.
Please take 15 minutes to complete the scoping survey before 3pm this Monday, 15 March, so that your voice is heard. For question 6, the survey requests up to 4 topics from the existing Guidelines which you believe should be updated in the review.
We have collated our shared thoughts on priority topics for your consideration:
Cereal and grain consumption
A balanced review (pros and cons) of cereal & grain consumption and whether the evidence is sufficient to recommend an exact minimum daily intake for the whole population.
A review of cereal and grain consumption should include a balanced review of the current guidelines stating grain consumption is associated with a “reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and excess weight gain”
Seed oil consumption
A balanced review of seed oils, for example: canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, and rice bran oil. This includes products made from seed oils, for example: margarine, mayonnaise and deep-fried foods.
Seed oils become oxidized or rancid when subjected to heat, oxygen and moisture as in cooking and processing and a review should consider the health implications of consuming these industrialised products.
The Minnesota Coronary Experiment and the Sydney Heart Study showed a clear link between high consumption of polyunsaturated vegetable oils and heart disease.
Sugar intake
Provide guidance on the daily upper consumption levels of sugar given the evidence showing excessive added sugar causes weight gain and chronic disease. The WHO has sufficient evidence to recommend daily limits for added sugar consumption for whole populations.
A review of sugar intake should consider the evidence that natural and added sugars raise blood glucose levels, and both cause harm when consumed in excess.
Meat consumption
A balanced review (pros and cons) of meat consumption, including meat, poultry and fish consumption, with specifics to ‘red’ meat.
Salt intake
Full review of original poor association data. For example, reviewing the salt–blood pressure hypothesis, i.e. eating higher levels of salt leads to higher blood pressure.
Low fat diets
A balanced review of low fat recommendations, such as low fat recommendation for children after age 2.
Vegetarian and vegan diets
A balanced review of the statement “Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle.”
For question 7, the survey requests up to four topics not already included in the Guidelines, which you believe should be considered for inclusion in the review. For your consideration, here’s the topics we believe should be included:
Saturated fat not reviewed previously
A balanced review of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat consumption including a balanced review of whether consumption of sat fats leads to high cholesterol levels or increases risk of heart disease.
Consider saturated fat as part of whole foods rather than individual nutrients. Most whole foods contain combinations rather than isolates.
Evidence for & against low carb eating.
Taking into consideration the evidence for #lowcarb eating in preventing and reversing prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Review the evidence for low carbohydrate eating, fasting, & time-restricted eating in the prevention of chronic disease.
Sustainable diets
Dietary Guidelines need to be underpinned by evidence for optimal human health. Sustainable food systems can be designed in response.
Since the Australian Dietary Guidelines were introduced, we have seen an explosion in the rates of diet-related disease - overweight and obesity is the new normal for Australian adults and kids, and rates of Type 2 Diabetes and other chronic diseases continue to rise.
Meanwhile, the guidelines that inform hospitals, schools, prisons and other settings are corrupted by the inclusion of industry-funded science and Australians continue to get sicker.
Whether you are impacted by the guidelines through your work or in your personal life, you’re eligible to have your say. Please take action for a healthier Australia by completing the survey by this Monday - before 3pm AEST.
The Dietary Guidelines review process is likely to be a lengthy one but we will keep you updated as we work together on advocating for science over vested interests.
Thank you for taking action.
Working together for a healthier Australia,
James, Gary and Peter
And here is the letter on Facebook.🙏

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