The Nutritional Coalition, a non-partisan advocacy group, has posted a petition to change the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although none of us on the Wheat Belly lifestyle follow anything that the Guidelines advocate, they still heavily influence such things as the U.S. School Lunch Policy and how nutrition is taught in schools.
The Guidelines have been an unmitigated disaster. While there are other factors contributing to the epidemics of obesity, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and other health conditions, such as the predatory practices of Big Food that push chips, candy, and sodas (with the blessing of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, by the way, partly because of the absurd Guidelines), the Guidelines are responsible for many dietary fictions, such as “cut your fat and cholesterol,” “eat more healthy whole grains,” and “eat less and move more” that are actually harmful, or at least ineffective, fictions repeated by media, taught by schoolteachers, believed by the nutritionally naive public.
Among the changes suggested by the petition:
- Undertake a communications campaign to let Americans know that the low-fat diet is no longer officially recommended
- Offer low-carbohydrate diets as a viable option for fighting chronic disease
- Stop telling Americans to do aerobic exercise for weight loss
- Stop recommending vegetable oils for health
- Don’t issue guidelines based on weak, observational data
As far as the petition goes, it does not advocate grain elimination, the cornerstone of the Wheat Belly lifestyle. So please do not confuse this petition with what is advocated in the Wheat Belly lifestyle. But this petition, if successful, pushes the Guidelines several big steps in the right direction. Who knows, maybe grain elimination will gain ground as an item worthy of mention in the next version of the Guidelines as more and more people come to realize what magnificent changes in health and weight occur with this strategy?
While I personally regard the Dietary Guidelines as irrelevant to my life, they are harmful to many people who do not know any better, especially children. Changing this destructive status quo would therefore be a big positive. So please join in and sign the petition to bring this to the attention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.