Center for Science in the Public Interest

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines were born of good intentions. They were created to make Americans healthier.

The guidelines, however, were not inscribed on stone tablets and handed to mankind. Instead, they are the result of a bureaucratic process and, as such, are susceptible to dubious conclusions and adverse influence by activist groups.

In 2015, journalist Nina Teicholz conducted an investigation, published in BMJ, that criticized the dietary guidelines for being based on "weak scientific standards" and "vulnerable to internal bias as well as outside agendas." 

For instance, the guidelines recommend against saturated fat, which is commonly believed to cause cardiovascular disease. But...

Last week The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) circulated a press release (enclosed) lauding television host Rosie O'Donnell for turning down an offer to become a spokesperson for Frito-Lay's "Wow" chips. CSPI is campaigning against the right of consumers to purchase snack foods that, like "Wow," contain the FDA-approved fat substitute olestra.

CSPI's use of Rosie O'Donnell in their scare campaign represents a new low for the group. CSPI implies falsely that Ms. O'Donnell turned down the endorsement deal because she agrees with CSPI that olestra is unsafe. The facts are entirely to the contrary. In an interview with the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), Ms. O'Donnell's agent, Risa Shapiro, explained that food-safety questions were never even...