Baylen Linnekin on Exposing the Crap Science Behind Federal Dietary Guidelines

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A new article by University of Alabama-Birmingham researcher Edward Archer and colleagues Gregory Pavela and Carl Lavie, published this week in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, argues that the conclusions drawn by the federal government's controversial Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) rest on fatally flawed assumptions about unusable data. Consequently, the authors conclude that the DGAC's work—and the research used to support that work—is so off base as to be scientifically useless.

The new article's criticism of the DGAC is just the latest in a long line of critiques of the group's most recent work. Baylen Linniken interviewed Archer by email to discuss his conclusions and the bad science behind the government's dietary recommendations.

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