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New dietary guidelines confuse consumers; simpler advice would do

To the editor: The new federal dietary guidelines have sparked intense debate because the science isn't settled. ("New Dietary Guidelines spark intense debate among nutrition experts," Jan. 18)

More than politics and industry hijacking the process, respected scientists disagree about the role of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. There is much less disagreement about excessive sugar and refined starch, yet federal farm policy promotes poor metabolic health by subsidizing the very crops the food industry uses to manufacture...