07 May 2019

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The BMJ argues that guidelines need to ask the right questions in order to be effective

Nutritional guidance serves many purposes: from ensuring that the food we eat provides us with the necessary intake of nutrition to combatting imbalances or dietary excesses to helping to protect sustainable food systems.

With that in mind, researchers in the BMJ argue that the current system of nutritional guidelines are not fit for purpose and need a radical overhaul to improve relevancy and quality.

The current approach to nutritional guidelines has been adapted from established methods for clinical practice guidelines and was not created with nutrition questions and evidence in mind. Although these methods are applicable to some types of nutrition guidelines, such as setting dietary or nutrient reference intake values, they are unsuitable for food and diet-based guidelines.

With the global population facing unprecedented health challenges could revisiting the methodology used for nutritional advice help prevent disease, reduce obesity and improve health worldwide?

To access the full BMJ report click here