We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We have said here at Maggie's, for years, that a "healthy diet" cannot be defined without evidence, and there has never been any evidence. "Healthy" has just been bias, old-wives tales, and happy-sounding ignorance like "eat your peas and kale and fruit". All nonsense.
It's a big deal that even the slow-witted government finally comes around to what we have all known. America, go easy on the carbs, eat veggies only if you like them, use butter and olive oil, enjoy a fine steak when you can afford it, and do not become food-obsessed.
Sorry, Whole Foods, food quacks, and food faddists. You have been wrong all along. Docs finally now feel free to share the real facts, which they have known for years. I've never known a doc who would refuse a rare ribeye steak or filet mignon. Never known a vegetarian doc either, or a scientist who ate organic food. In fact, the biological scientists I know like to go to fancy French and fancy Italian restaurants as often as possible.
June 2013, CDC report says no change to max recommended. Oh, and off-handedly mentions studies show "no detectable adverse effect" for those who routinely consume up to three times the recommended maximum (if not suffering from, or genetically pre-disposed to, hypertension).
364 days later, FDA says salt intake should be cut, promises regulations on "processed food" (that is, food you did not raise yourself).
On the 365th day, CDC calls for reducing salt intake.
Fat - harkening back to "mandrake looks like people so it must be able to cure disease in people" it is proclaimed that eating fat must make you fat. Well heck, all the fatties the doc knew did eat fat, so it must be true.
Notice that many, many healthfood/exercise/goodliving pronouncements come from either 1. young, attractive, people who are genetically favored to be active, or 2. older people who have not endured any disasters and have great digestions and metabolisms.
They take shameless moral credit for this. Because they are just better, more disciplined people than you.
Those blind people could see if they really wanted to, right?
Ignore government guidelines. Pick some reasonable-sounding consistent voice (I'm liking Gary Taubes at this point), get some exercise, and hope you guessed right. This life and the body that carries you through it is fleeting. Eternal questions are more important.
Assistant Village Idiot
Just another case of so called "Settled Science" being not quite so settled. Makes me want to slap the sh!t out of some of these progressive do gooders.
This is all about food fads, food biases, and nutcase anti-science activists. Anyone who actually "wants" to be on a government panel about food and diet should automatically be disqualified. Many of these people driving this drivel are vegan activists or activists for some other strange diet craze. It makes no more sense to put a vegan on one of these panels than it does to put a homosexual in charge of a boyscout troop. (oops! Can I say that?) I have a good friend of 45 years who flirts with vegetarianism (sometimes aloows himself to eat fish or chicken) who opposes all additives and buys only "whole foods" and organic foods and truely believes he has built up this "immunity" thanks to his careful eating habits. So much so that he fears that even eating red meat or GMO corn one time might significantly shorten his life. He is a intelligent man, probably a genius, but would you want him deciding what you can eat?? I can assure you that many of the people on this government panel are just as disconnected from reality as my friend is.