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Today’s survey is a followup to the one we sent out a few months ago. Since then we tweaked it on the advice of both those of you who responded, and some expert input. Even if you filled this out last time, we’d love for you to do so again as we’re trying to iron out the kinks and I think (hope) we’re pretty much there.
Back in 2012 I first posted my wish for there to be a questionnaire that would serve to help individuals and researchers determine how easy or difficult a particular diet would be to follow.
I called it the Diet Index Enjoyability Total or DIET score, and my hope was that by using a series of simple Likert scales (descriptive scales from 1-10), researchers could set out to evaluate a particular weight loss approach’s DIET score where high scores would identify diets that could actually be enjoyed, and where low scores would identify under-eating, highly restrictive, quality of life degrading, dieting misery. This would be useful both to individuals who could use the DIET score to evaluate whatever approach they were considering, but might also serve as a surrogate for shorter term diet studies to give a sense as to whether or not there’s a low or high likelihood of long term adherence to a particular study’s strategy.
I’m happy to report that the first work on using the DIET score has been conducted by Michelle Jospe at the University of Otago in New Zealand as part of the SWIFT trial, and her and Jill Haszard‘s early look at the data is promising.
Part of the process required to validate a questionnaire involves a qualitative review to see whether or not it’s easy to use, comprehensive, and unbiased, and this here is our second kick at that can.
To fill out the survey, and again, it’ll take less than 2 minutes, just click here and thank you very much in advance!
This post was first published back in June. Since then, still no Food Guide, as well as the real possibility that not releasing the Guide influenced the New Brunswick provincial election, and just this past week, an incredible dive into juice, food politics, and our as yet unpublished guide. I really can’t wrap my head around why it’s not out yet beyond politics. That’s not something this country should be proud of.
In case you missed the news, New Brunswick recently banned the sale of chocolate milk and juice in their schools.
It’s a welcome move, and one that will be undoubtedly be adopted nation wide following the long delayed publication of Canada’s next Food Guide.
Canada’s Food Guide, last published in 2007, inexplicably and explicitly, reports that chocolate milk is a healthy dairy choice (that it also suggests dairy is such a magical food that it requires it’s own Food Guide category is a whole other kettle of inexplicability). Or maybe it isn’t that inexplicable in that on the then Food Guide’s 12 member advisory committee was Sydney Massey, the Nutrition Education Manager and Spokesperson for the BC Dairy Foundation, where their homepage at the time featured the campaign,
“Don’t tell Mom, but Chocolate Milk is good for you”
The next one, won’t.
I know this in part because back in 2014, Dr. Hasan Hutchinson, the Director General of Health Canada’s Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion (the office in charge of the Food Guide), agreed with me during our then debate, that chocolate milk shouldn’t be deemed a health food by our Food Guide,
“One thing we’re doing right now is doing a reassessment of all of those things and certainly me personally, I agree with Yoni that it (chocolate milk) should not be there either”
And in May 2015 he was quoted by the CMAJ on juice stating,
“You won’t be seeing that anymore … and there’ll be a fair number of new materials coming out in the next few months.”
I also know this because even McDonald’s appreciates that chocolate milk, with more calories and sugar drop per drop than Coca-Cola, shouldn’t be routinely offered to children.
So here’s my first question.
If, in 2007, Canada’s Food Guide had explained that chocolate milk is to milk what apple pie is to apples, and that it should be considered a treat rather than a health food, and that no, juice is not the same as fruit, do you think we’d be seeing these actual responses and comments posted on Facebook and on the CBC article in response to the news out of New Brunswick?
“How the hell can juice be bad for you I doubt orange and apple and cranberry juice is bad for your health CFDA would have ban the stuff decades ago”
“It is crazy and stupid. especially since the school officials are comparing the natural sugars found In the cocoa that makes it chocolate to the artificially added high fructose corn syrup used to sweeten coca cola.”
“Ugh get a life people! Chocolate milk is some parents only option to get their kids to drink milk. And as far as juices they sell apple and orange at school so are they now telling us apple and OJ juices are bad??”
“I agree, pop and juice fine. Chocolate milk is filled with nutrients.”
Because the thing is, though no one shops with Canada’s Food Guide in hand, its recommendations do permeate national consciousness. And more to the point of this post, they inform school food policies. Once the new Food Guide is published, and assuming it explicitly recommends limiting sugar sweetened beverages and juice (and it will), all provinces will undoubtedly soon fall in line with New Brunswick (unless of course the Conservatives, as they promised prior to their election, repeal the ban).
And here’s the most pertinent question. It’s been 5 years since Dr. Hutchinson agreed chocolate milk should be off the Food Guide’s menu, and 3.5 years since he went on record stating that juice’s days are also numbered, so how is it possible that we’re still waiting?
Hellooooo! I’m alive, I’m alive! Did you think after my 10-year blogiversary post that I decided to take a 10-year break? lol. It’s been a busy month with a lot of fun events going down. I just returned from WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women celebrations, and I’m still riding the high of winning an award […]
Ann Hui, in The Globe And Mail, with a great case study on how the food industry works by way of the machinations of Big Juice and their attempt to influence Canada’s next Food Guide.
James Kirchik, in Tablet, with a useful backgrounder and just who is George Soros?
Peter Kaufman, in Everyday Sociology, with his take as a sociologist on his relatively imminent death.
[And finally huge thanks to those who’ve already donated to my Movember fundraising efforts. Thanks to your generosity, I’ve cleared my original goal and now and just a few hundred dollars shy of my stretch goal of $5,500! If you find this blog valuable, if you enjoy these weekend shares, a tax-deductible donation would be very welcome, all you need to do is click here]
Can we keep captive animals wild
The first flight of an aircraft with no moving parts
Sex vs gender, and why it matters
NASA’s new lander will be looking deep inside the red planet
Bats and dolphins have an elegant solution for interfering sonar signals
I was somewhat disheartened the other day when in response to my post about the only 48 (I added “Get Vaccinated”) words of health advice you’ll ever need that there was quite a bit of confusion and pushback about my recommendation to swap unsaturated fat for saturated when you can – some even suggested it must have been a typo.
Now I know there’s been a whole host of diet gurus, once journalists, and TIME magazine covers telling you that fat is good for you, and while I agree that likely it’s not nearly as bad for you as the 90s (or me in the early 2000s) would have asserted, and while yes, there are nuances to all of this, the evidence still implicates saturated fat in the genesis and progression of heart disease.
Don’t believe me?
But would you believe Drs. Ludwig and Volek? They’re both prominent figures in the low-carb movement (Dr. Ludwig is the lead author on that low-carb diet and increased energy expenditure that dropped last week and the Director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Centre at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Volek is one of the most prolific low carb researchers around and the Founder and Chief Science Officer of Virta Health) and both were contributors to a terrific consensus piece published this week in Science entitled, “Dietary fat: From foe to friend?” (it’s full text free right now btw).
The whole piece is worth the read, but in case reading whole pieces isn’t your thing, here are their points of consensus with Drs. Willett and Neuhouser (highlight is mine)
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[I was reminded of this piece, first published in 2015, by someone on Twitter, and given the volume of the diet wars these days, thought I’d reshare. Still holds up pretty well I think!]
In no particular order:
Comparatively, everything else is minutia.
Julia Belluz, in Vox, with the best coverage of that new low-carb diet study that has everyone talking.
John Mandrola, in Medscape, reflects on conflicts of interest in medicine
Jason Cherkis, in Highline, on, “the best way to save people from suicide“
[And finally huge thanks to those who’ve already donated to my Movember fundraising efforts. Thanks to your generosity, I’m just a $211 shy of my $4,500 goal! If you find this blog valuable, if you enjoy these weekend shares, a tax-deductible donation would be very welcome, all you need to do is click here]
First-ever discovery of a crater under an ice sheet
Coral reef islands may rise up against climate change
How moths use stealth jet technology to sneak past bats
Rainforest people have evolved to be small because jungle walking is hard
Walking on water and climbing up walls – how animals do it
The position of the pole star has shifted as the Earth’s axis moved.
Bitcoin ‘mining’ is harder on the environment than mining for gold
Beatboxing verbal gymnastics is a whole new way of making sounds
Wind turbines are creating skinny, fearless lizards
Chucking salmon into trees to understand ecological web
Barking piranhas and screeching catfish fighting it out in the Amazon
Sniffing around our brain’s ability to navigate by scent
Sweat can’t evaporate on humid days in Summer, so we feel hotter; damp air contributes to feeling cold in Winter.
“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” ~1984 A few days ago, I lost a Facebook friend who (as it turns out) is rather partial to Donald…
Brazil’s Bolsonaro is bad for the Amazon
Probiotics don’t live up to the hype, scientists say
The largest bird that ever lived was probably blind
Modular robots remake themselves on the fly to do new tasks
Archaeologists find evidence that chocolate is older than the pyramids
10 YEARS!!! Can someone please tell me how it’s been a decade since I wrote my very first blog post? We’re celebrating today with this incredible vegan dessert and a week-long OSG Recipe App sale for charity (deets below). When I started my blog on October 31, 2008, Eric and I were newly married and […]