Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dietary Guidelines

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dietary Guidelines

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I am disappointed in the PG's reaction to the modifications made to the Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee's recommendations resulting in the 2015 federal dietary guidelines just published ("Healthy Guidelines: Despite Its Critics, the New Food Plan Is Sensible," Jan. 12 editorial).

The concluding sentence of the editorial seems gratuitous; of course people are free to adopt a diet that is meatless.

The PG implies that sticking to the committee's original recommendations would somehow have taken away individual freedom to choose any diet other than the one recommended, which is completely false. The purpose of the guidelines is to make available to everyone the best evidence-based thinking possible on diet.

The watered-down guidelines do not do that, and nutritionist David Katz's umbrage is justified. …

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