In this post-fact world, narrative and belief seem to be the only true currencies. In human nutritional sciences, there seems to be a narrative for every diet, and for each diet, an army of believers.
Teicholz and Taubes want you to believe that the LCHF diets were not ranked highly because the U.S. News expert panel may have been “entrenched in their opinions, supported by the industries that benefit from these diets, motivated by non-nutrition agendas such as animal-rights activism…” This a strong assertion to level at a panel of 25 diverse and well-established scientists. The accusations of personal bias also seem hypocritical when the authors themselves make some of their living promoting low-carbohydrate diets.
In the midst of a worldwide obesity and diabetes crisis, we don’t need more input from industries or from people selling books. We need more large-scale, public health interventions that address root causes of the obesity epidemic. It’s time to let evidence dominate the diet discussion.
Dylan MacKay, PhD. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and a Clinical Trialist at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and an expert adviser with EvidenceNetwork.ca.