Don’t Listen to This Bad Advice

A renowned nutrition researcher, who is set to advise an upcoming White House conference on hunger and nutrition, previously released a study claiming that candy and cereal are healthier to eat than dietary staples like chicken and eggs.

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and dean at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, has authored more than 450 scientific publications and is a co-chair of the task force Informing the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. He also reportedly believes Lucky Charms are healthier than a grilled chicken breast…

For instance, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have a rating of 30, while cooked ground beef has a rating of 26. Chocolate Lucky Charms, the sugary children’s breakfast cereal, has a rating of 69, while a skinless, sauce-less, grilled chicken breast has a rating of 61. An egg fried with cooking spray scores a 41, compared to a school lunch medium-crust pepperoni pizza scoring 48.

In addition to advising government officials and healthcare professionals across the world during his career, and developing the Food Compass, Mozaffarian is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has received funding from the foundation for at least four projects totaling at least $6 million, according to his CV. Read more…

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