Dietary Guidelines: Who To Trust?
Dietary guidelines are provided by many different health agencies, organizations and individuals in the United States. Some familiar sources of health information include the:
The people who run these associations repeat the same harmful dietary guidelines: eat plenty of whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables and minimize your intake of fat, especially saturated fat and cholesterol.
However, anyone who does serious research on the best diet for human health will come to the conclusion that a diet lower in carbohydrates and higher in fat is the healthiest diet. There are now many gold standard studies which show that a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet improves the risk markers for coronary heart disease, and reduces all caused mortality rates in general.
Gary Taubes discovered this evidence in writing his book Good Calories, Bad Calories, cardiologist Robert Atkins knew that his diet improved the health of patients, and my own research and experience has confirmed it for me.
Ignoring this body of research, the Federal agencies who are supposed to be the "experts" on dietary guidelines and health advice still recommend eating a high carb, low fat diet, and continue to use the USDA food pyramid to advocate that all Americans eat 6-11 servings of grains every day.
Why? Because they have a vested, financial interest in maintaining the agricultural industry in this country. The Feds subsidize farming, because that's what Big Food companies like Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill have paid them to do.
Huge amounts of money have been, and are being invested in corn, soybean, canola and cottonseed crops, in the bioengineering of these crops, and in using them in the food supply. And as you can see, the federal dietary guidelines highly recommend these grains as a healthy food.
Any food substance that doesn't support these industries gets either marginalized and banned by the Feds.
Just look at the federal record on stevia, a natural sweetener. For years, the FDA has banned it from being marketed as a sweetener, mostly because the sugar lobby didn't want the competition. But 2008, when Cargill and the big soft drink companies wanted to use it in new products, suddenly stevia was approved.
Fox in The Hen House
These government agencies and other entities regulating the food and drug industries were originally created to protect the public. But many have been corrupted through financial reliance on the very industries they are supposed to regulate.
Recent news stories have revealed some of the intimate financial relationships that our government scientists and nutritional experts enjoy with the pharmaceutical companies and food manufacturers.
Let’s take a look at a few nutrition advising entities and see if we can really trust the dietary guidelines they give to us and our physicians.
Follow the Money..
So why do these organizations continue to push the "low fat" dietary guidelines when it is clear that the low fat, high carb diet has failed as a health supporting device?
In a word, the answer is money. Consider how dependent these national agencies, the low fat researchers, food manufacturers, the drug companies, and our medical industry are on the American people's belief that a low fat diet is the healthiest, and that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease:
These organizations would endure major financial losses in funding and income if they admitted to the American public that a low fat diet has no mitigating effect on heart disease mortality rates, and processed foods should not be a part of any healthful dietary guidelines.
And it isn't that they don't know the truth about the connection between the food we eat and health. Consider this telling quote from a USDA Assistant Director:
Most all of the health problems underlying the leading causes of death in the United States could be modified by improvements in diet."
Change Will Have to Come From Us
The Feds and the processed food industry will do whatever they can to block the public's use and knowledge of whole, clean foods, simply because they can't make any money from processing these foods.
And because the standard American high carb, low fat diet is making people sick, the pharmaceutical and medical industries also throw their weight into the fray. They also push the low fat dietary guidelines, because without sick people to treat, they would lose money.
So, I believe the establishment is not interested in helping people get well, or eat better. It is against their financial interests to do so.
If we want to change that in this country, it's going to have to come from us.
Coke, Pepsi and Cargill got stevia approved because they see the writing on the wall. People are getting wise to the dangers of high fructose corn syrup and sales are dropping. They are being forced by the market to offer products with "natural" sweeteners instead.
If we want to change how food is supplied and dietary guidelines are created in the United States, we have to stop supporting the big food processors; we must stop buying the processed foods that make us sick. If enough of us do that, and they take a hit in the wallet, change will be more likely to happen.
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