Will the USDA Dietary Guidelines Finally Come Out of the Dark Ages?

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There was big news in the world of nutrition last week as the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted their draft report to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The biggest revelation: Cholesterol is no longer listed as a “nutrient of concern.”

Although this was a draft, the Washington Post is reporting that this statement will remain in the final report to come later this year. The recommendations made by the panel are taken into consideration by the USDA and HHS, who will jointly issue and update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans this year, as they do every five years.

Pretty cool, right?

I guess if you follow the government’s recommendations on nutrition (please don’t), it is cool that you will now get to enjoy more of one of the most nutritious things in the universe: egg yolks. Outside of that, all we have to say is: “Welcome to the party, pal!

GET THIS: Just One Egg Yolk Contains:
  • omega-3s
  • carotenoids
  • protein
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • vitamins B6 & B12
  • folic acid
  • pantothenic acid
  • thiamin
  • vitamins A, D, E & K
  • one of the only foods with naturally occuring vitamin D
  • calcium
  • copper iron
  • manganese
  • phosphorus
  • selenium
  • potassium
  • zinc
  • caoline
The US government has continued to be slow on the uptake when it comes to the latest research on nutrition. Cholesterol is a win here, but they still condemn all saturated fats in this report (again, a draft), which shows that they are still in the dark ages – as if the food plate isn’t evidence enough.

 

Progress…At A Snail’s Pace

Since the first Dietary Guidelines report was issued in 1980, Americans have been urged to avoid fat and animal products as the best way to avoid heart disease and obesity. Since then, Americans have reduced their consumption of saturated fat and overall fat, yet obesity and heart disease rates have exploded.

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Meredith-MelnickSabrina-SiddiquiSince the first dietary guidelines were introduced, rates of [obesity and diabetes] have skyrocketed. Meanwhile, heart disease — the original impetus for the guidelines — has remained the number one killer in the U.S.

Meredith Melnick and Sabrina Siddiqui in HuffPost

It is time to come up with a new hypothesis for what causes heart disease and obesity. Saturated fats was the original one, and it is flat wrong. For the record, here’s our take on saturated fats. Good to see the government make some progress, but I wish they would make more, faster. The reality is people still listen to them when it comes to what they eat, and we would have a healthier nation if they listened to the research more.

 

Stay Tuned For the Final Verdict

We’ll of course have plenty more to say when the official HHS & USDA dietary guidelines 2015 report is finally issued, so stay tuned.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Images courtesy of: Mercola.comDaniel Novta

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