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.
Mozaffarian lobbied for years for the White House to put on a new Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health after the first such event in 1969. In September, the Conference will happen, and Mozaffarian is leading a task force to provide recommendations and feedback to the White House on the event.
One of the primary achievements boasted by Mozaffarian and Tufts is the development of the “Food Compass” in 2021. It rates thousands of foods and beverages on a scale of 0-100 based on nine nutritional values. While the methodology behind the ratings appears to be objective and comprehensive, some critics have pointed out some odd rankings by the system.
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.
The Gates’ have promoted a number of questionable dietary habits over the years, including encouraging the entire world to move to artificial meat. (RELATED: Daily Caller Reporter Asks Why Biden Admin Doesn’t Stress Living Healthier Lifestyles. Psaki Starts Talking About Masks)
The Food Compass rates artificial meat highly, consistently granting it a score between 31-69, meaning it should be consumed in moderation. According to Mozaffarian’s scale, food scoring 70 or higher should be encouraged, and food scoring 30 or lower should be limited.
The average American consumes about 55 pounds of beef per year.