Diet cherry-picking criticism

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said compiling the guidelines involved reviewing 55,000 pieces of peer-reviewed research and he was confident the document was now the most reliable source of balanced, scientific advice available to health professionals. 

“It is not reasonable for some groups to advocate that a single research paper immediately renders incorrect conclusions based on perhaps dozens or hundreds of other papers; in other words to cherry-pick results that suit you,” Professor Anderson said at a press briefing. 

The Australian Dietary Guidelines, which update the 2003 edition, do not differ greatly from the draft version released in 2011.

Limiting intake of foods containing added sugars is recommended, particularly sugar-sweetened drinks. Dietitian Dr Rosemary Stanton, a member of the guidelines working committee, said it was one of the strongest evidence-based statements.

“The body does not seem