Quick Links: Consumer Reports and Their “Unbiased” Diet Ratings

My friend Juliann recently alerted me to Consumer Reports’ report reporting on which diets are best. Astoundingly, Jenny Craig wins, followed by Slim-Fast and Weight Watchers, and with Atkins pulling up the rear. *Sigh* Well, what do you expect when their standard was the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines?

But, as Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb points out, that’s not the whole story. Consumer Reports added an addendum (here) explaining why it’s okay to go low carb, even if Atkins didn’t score well on their test. Perhaps someone there has been paying attention to the latest research? But it just amazes me that no one is willing to stick their neck out on this, even armed with research and evidence. They just bury a concession in a summary at the end. Thank goodness for Gary Taubes and all the abuse he suffers. Keep on keepin’ on, Gary!

Also, Salon.com points out that the study Consumer Reports used to help make their decisions was funded by Jenny Craig. Ouch! So much for “expert, unbiased, and fact-based health information” from CR.

From my point of view, how could anything that involves processed chemicals and outdated ideas about nutrition be considered healthy? It’s mind-boggling. We’ve got to stop calling that garbage “food.”

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2 Responses to “Quick Links: Consumer Reports and Their “Unbiased” Diet Ratings”

  1. And just to make things more interesting, here’s what Roger Ebert has to say about Forks Over Knives: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110511/REVIEWS/110519995.

    I know you can’t wait to see it…

    • Ugh, oh I know! But hey, if people want to take advice from someone who can’t even eat food anymore…not to mention he wasn’t exactly known for his svelte, healthy figure. But everyone’s an expert.

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