Nutrition News

WEBCAST: Scientific Report of the 2015 DGAC

The on-demand webcast can be viewed here.

On Wednesday February 25, The Harvard/T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosted a symposium on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC):  Evidence Basis and Key Recommendations. The event was moderated by Dr. Howard Koh, with Dr. J. Michael McGinnis as the Keynote Speaker. Presenters included Dr. Barbara Millen, Dr. Frank Hu, and other members of the DGAC. 

Ask the Expert with Dr. Walter Willett: Cholesterol

walter_willettSince 1980, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been advising Americans on what to eat for optimal health. Published every 5 years, the Dietary Guidelines are a reflection of the most up-to-date research.

 In December 2014 the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a preliminary document stating that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption,” suggesting that dietary cholesterol has little impact upon a person’s actual health status. Though the final report from the DGAC isn’t due until later in 2015, we checked in with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Walter Willett for some clarification on dietary cholesterol.

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Ask the Expert: Coffee and health

The Expert: Dr. Rob van Damcoffee-small

The Summary

  • Drinking up to six cups a day of coffee is not associated with increased risk of death from any cause, or death from cancer or cardiovascular disease.
  • Some people may still want to consider avoiding coffee or switching to decaf, especially women who are pregnant, or people who have a hard time controlling their blood pressure or blood sugar.
  • It’s best to brew coffee with a paper filter, to remove a substance that causes increases in LDL cholesterol.
  • Coffee may have potential health benefits, but more research needs to be done.
  • Read more about coffee and tea compared with other beverages.

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