#32 The Nutrition Coalition

Nina Teicholz

Bestselling Author & Executive Director of the Nutrition Coalition

Nina Teicholz joins me for a second time (listen to our first interview in episode 8), this time to discuss her groundbreaking work reforming our dietary guidelines. Nina is the bestselling author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, and she is the Executive Director of the Nutrition Coalition, a non-profit organization that promotes evidence-based nutrition policy. During our discussion, Nina shares the origin of the nutritional guidelines, and the unbelieveable story of how they came to be. She also shares the frightening reality of how deeply the guidelines influence society and how they are based on flimsy data in desperate need of an update. Despite the simplicity of her mission, to base the guidelines on science, she has been consistently criticized and thwarted by the Medical Industrial Complex, disinvited from nutritional conferences, and targeted for unwarranted journal retraction. It's hard to believe, but it's all true! Listen to our interview to find out more!


Key Takeaways:

[3:12] The mission of the Nutrition Coalition.

[5:48] The nutritional guidelines have a far-reaching influence over many different sectors.

[11:05] Are nutritional guidelines evidence-based and who creates them?

[17:44] Nina was disinvited to be on a food policy panel from the National Food Policy Conference.

[26:05] In the 1950's, why was saving middle-aged men from heart disease all the rage?

[28:55] Does the government belong in the position of giving dietary advice?

[35:35] The Nutrition Coalition has been critical of the non-science-based guidelines and the US media for generalizing what is good for an entire population.

[44:42] What you can do to help make the necessary changes.


Mentioned in This Episode:

Low Carb Cardiologist Website

Dr. Scher on Twitter

Dr. Scher on Facebook

Nutrition Coalition Website

Nina Teicholz Part #1, Low Carb Cardiologist Podcast Episode #8

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, by Nina Teicholz

The Magic Pill on Netflix


This Episode is Sponsored by LowCarbCardiologist.com and Your Best Health Ever! The Cardiologist's Surprisingly Simple Guide to What Really Works,
by Bret Scher, M.D., FACC


One thought on “The Nutrition Coalition

Nina Teicholz”

  1. I just came upon Ms. Teicholz by way of her article in WSJ.
    Regardless of any politics on any side, I believe Ms. Teicholz is 100% correct.
    I am a healthcare professional with 32 years of licensed experience.
    Some 20 years ago I concluded that much of our diet is made up of empty calories (carbs with no nutritional value). Since then I have avoided keeping in my pantry rice, pasta and potatoes. My bread is low carb and high fiber. I managed to steadily bring my weight from 186 pounds to the low 170’s and keep it there. Given that my lifestyle does not allow for regular exercise I have to credit the improvement to dietary lifestyle. We need to remove special interests from the process of medical guideline design and implementation. One third of the daily caloric intake coming from carbohydrates makes absolutely no medical sense.

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