(Pictured above is a sample breakfast consistent with the new Dietary Guidelines: approximately 88 grams net carbohydrates, very low in fat, a breakfast guaranteed to trigger high blood sugar flagrantly. Just check a fingerstick blood sugar 30 to 60-minutes after consuming and you will witness just how awful this advice is.)
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have just been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), both charged by Congress to deliver dietary advice to Americans. You can view the Executive Summary here.
Their comments begin with this statement:
“. . . rates of chronic diseases—-many of which are related to poor quality diet and physical inactivity—-have increased. About half of all American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and overweight and obesity.”
In other words, they open with the suggested implication that, no matter how hard the HHS and USDA try to give people sound diet advice, Americans too often give into poor diet and sloth—in other words, the epidemics of obesity and overweight, type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are the public’s own fault. They thereby make it clear that it’s not the fault of HHS and USDA, but yours.
The guidelines do indeed make some important changes. Among them:
—There is no need to limit dietary cholesterol. Hallelujah: they finally concede that the science never showed a need to limit dietary cholesterol in the first place. (What about all those “Low in cholesterol!” products on store shelves?)
—There is no need to limit total fat. This is huge and so wildly overdue, as the world of low-fat is a big part of the equation that toppled the health of the country. Now they quietly retract this ridiculous advice, never grounded in science in the first place, a result more of personal agendas and politics than any clinical trial. Even though the Dietary Guidelines time after time reiterated the cut-your-fat advice, there was no apology offered for such destructive advice.
—Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars. About damned time. While those of us on the Wheat Belly lifestyle would find this an excessive quantity of sugar (around 12.5 teaspoons of sugar per day), it is a huge leap down from the “everything in moderation” previous approach. And they deserve some credit for including this limitation despite intense lobbying against it from the sugar, processed food, and soft drink industry.
Yes, some progress. Unfortunately, conventional dietary thinking still reigns supreme with continued urgings to:
—Include plenty of grains, at least half of which are whole grains while not acknowledging, of course, that grains, processed or whole, raise blood sugar to sky-high levels, block nutrient absorption (esp. iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium), initiate autoimmune diseases, underlie an explosion in allergy, and have other severe health consequences.
—Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats even though, as with total fat, the data fingering saturated fat as a cause for cardiovascular disease are equally flawed, misinterpreted, or misrepresented.
—Include fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages. There is just no way to account for this bit of idiocy. Let’s ignore all the issues with dairy, in other words, such as high hormone content (e.g., estrogens), bovine growth hormone residues, the insulinotrophic effect of whey, the immunogenic effect of casein beta A1 in North America, and, of course, lactose. Let’s just focus on the most benign, healthy component of dairy, i.e., the fat, and urge Americans to cut the fat and get more of the other components. Incredible.
You can see what the combination of more grains, less saturated fat and more fat-free or low-fat dairy does to breakfast (above), for instance, making it a virtually pure carbohydrate meal that is guaranteed to provoke high levels of insulin, insulin resistance, inflammation, visceral fat growth, and high blood sugars.
It is impossible to reconcile their arguments: more and more people are adhering to their dietary and exercise guidelines, yet more and more Americans are gaining weight and becoming diabetic:
You see, the logic behind the Dietary Guidelines is quite clear. You are fat and diabetic because, unlike the elite healthy-eating athletes who were our parents and grandparents, you are just too darned gluttonous and slothful. If you would just adhere more closely to the guidelines, everything would be fine!
Alright, I got my dose of sarcasm in for the day. But it is hard to swallow just how ridiculous the Guidelines were, now just incrementally better. Remember: as we often have to say in the wheat- and grain-free lifestyle, less bad should never be regarded as not good.
All in all, there are some important steps taken towards something more closely resembling a healthy diet. But don’t any of you follow such outdated, compromised, largely misinterpreted, industry-friendly (outside of sugar restrictions) advice, despite what the conventionally-minded doctors and dietitians say on morning/evening news, the obedient sheep who haven’t had an independent dietary thought in 30 years. After all, these are the same people who embraced the ridiculous USDA food pyramid and food plate for many years, wondering why their patients were gaining weight, developing type 2 diabetes, acquiring one or more autoimmune diseases, and were generally deteriorating in health. It must be the fault of their patients–yeah, that’s the ticket.