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'Real Clear' Examines Politics of Dietary Guidelines

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

RealClearPolitics last week convened a panel of experts for Politics of the Plate: The Evolution of American Food Policy, an event where experts discussed the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans development process and argued that they are being developed based upon faulty science.

Healthy Nation Coalition Founder Adele Hite, RD, held up a large chart showing that obesity rates had increased since the U.S. launched the dietary guidelines in the late 1970s.

"If you've listened to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee talk, they have acknowledged that replacing fat with refined carbohydrates was probably not a good idea...but in terms of what foods are allowed and what foods are forbidden, nothing has changed. The foods that are forbidden are still whole foods...[like] meat, eggs, cheese, whole milk, butter, those are still off the table, and there is still no science to support that those foods should be forbidden."

Big Fat Surprise Author Nina Teicholz agreed, noting that as Americans were pushed to adopt a low-fat diet, the government essentially advocated higher carbohydrate and sugar consumption, which drove up obesity and diabetes rates.

"If you take fat out of foods, you are taking the flavor out, you are taking the texture out, you have to put a fat replacer in there, and that's almost always carbohydrate based, usually sugar," she said. "In large, macro-terms, Americans have been following the dietary guidelines, and one of the ideas about why we have become fat and diabetic is that we shifted from eating 40 percent of our calories as carbohydrates to now over 50 percent as advised."

Video from the event is available here.

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