Many of you will have signed the online petition calling for the Heart Foundation to stop giving out of date advice regarding diet in the management of cardiovascular health. Nearly 20000 signatories now on board.
Jessie Reimers from Brisbane has put her efforts behind this and the cause was put up on A Current Affair last week.
The Heart Foundation (HF) responded that very evening and once again tried to dismiss it as sensationalist and misinformed. They have described Jessie as ‘the petition author is not qualified to give health or dietary advice and we would encourage people to seek such advice from qualified professionals.’
By definition that makes me as unqualified as much as the next person. All that I have done is look at the information that is now so readily available and come to my own conclusions. I then have put ‘on the line’ my own qualifications and am very happy to take this stand and go against the Heart Foundation.
The HF keeps saying their evidence is on their website and it is clearly out of date. The HF last reviewed the literature in May 2009 with the most recent articles referring to 2008 studies. I am referring to literature that is coming out in the last 2 years and right now.
The HF is so out of date with their position statements and recommendations. They last reviewed Low Carbohydrate High Fat diets in 2004 and have left it at that. The No Fructose concept got the thumbs down back then and they do not look like backing down on it anytime soon.
2004 statement from the HF ‘Currently, studies are underway investigating the long-term effects of VLCARB diets on vascular outcomes. However, at this time, VLCARB diets high in saturated fat are not recommended as a long-term nutritional strategy for weight loss and cardiovascular health.
The Heart Foundation will continue to monitor the evidence in this area as it emerges.’
Well it seems they have not been monitoring it well enough to update their position statement. They have not looked at it in nearly 10 years!
In the last few weeks the HF have been under assault and about time. If you are going to be a national body then you have to stay informed.
Jessie Reimer’s response to the Heart Foundation
The petition against the Heart Foundation
The Current Affair programme 21 November 2013
The Heart Foundation response 21 November 2013
The ‘Out of Date’ Heart Foundation Position Statement page