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...several top medical scientists have concluded that the government’s carb-heavy guidelines may actually have harmed public health. In 2008, three researchers from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine—including the associate dean of clinical research, Paul Marantz, and a former president of the International Hypertension Society, Michael Alderman—observed in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine that since 1977, Americans have largely followed the government’s advice, doubtless as conveyed by the doctors they consulted. Men, for instance, cut their fat intake from 37 percent of their daily calories to 32 percent and increased their carbohydrate intake from 42 percent to 49 percent. Yet over the same three decades, the fraction of American men who were overweight or obese increased from 53 percent of the population to about 69 percent. The doctors wondered whether this correlation was an unintended consequence of telling the entire population to change its eating patterns. “In general,” the doctors wrote, “weak evidentiary support has been accepted as adequate justification for [the U.S. dietary] guidelines.
Read the whole thing. My sense is that you can eat whatever you want unless you have some special illness like diabetes, and it won't make a darn bit of difference. Food is not medicine. All we really know is that no food is bad, plenty of food - but not too much - is good.
"My sense is that you can eat whatever you want unless you have some special illness like diabetes, and it won't make a darn bit of difference."
Not really true, because if eating "whatever you want" means eating lots of sugar and carbohydrates, you are doing your best to develop Type II diabetes. Granted plenty of people can be sugar addicts their entire lives without becoming obese or developing diabetes, but not everyone is so lucky.
Turn the USDA food pyramid upside down and you'll have a healthy diet: lots of meat and animal fat, lots of vegetables, some fruit, bread/grains sparingly, and treat sugar like a treat.
We're finally starting to see more mainstream awareness that obesity, diabetes and coronary artery disease are not caused by eating animals; they are likely caused by diets very high in carbohydrates and sugar, i.e. the typical American diet.
For a science-dense book on this issue you can't beat Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. For a more lighthearted easy look at the issue, the comedy documentary Fat Head is fantastic.
At the risk of appearing to be a link whore, I recently put up two posts about food propaganda posters. The first, Food Propaganda, has examples from WWI, the inter-war period and WWII. The second, Food Proaganda Today! has some modern examples.
What's amazing is that the earlier posters, inspite of a very real fear of food shortages, are far less dreary than the modern ones which just nag, nag, nag.
Well, Pippa Middleton follows a low-carb diet so there you go.
The fool idea the medical and nutrition community can't seem to get paste is that the human body is not a bomb calorimeter and that the type of calorie matters. Carbohydrates being almost exclusively used for energy or converted to fat while fat and protein have other uses.