How about low fat Dietary Guidelines that have been sweet on sugar for 35 years!
Even though elevated blood sugar is the common denominator of obesity, diabetes, and diet-related heart disease, the words “blood sugar” do not appear in the federal government’s official 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
During Day 2 of the first meeting of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, chair of the Carbohydrate Committee, took the stand.
It was Halloween Day, October 30, 2008.
“High fructose corn sweeteners do not appear to contribute to overweight and obesity any differently than other energy sources… calories are calories and high fructose corn sweeteners are no different than other calories, calorie per calorie…”
Even before any public or scientific testimony, Dr. Slavin blocked any chance that blood-sugar-raising-refined carbohydrates would be even mentioned in the “science-based” guidelines. A calorie of avocado, she was testifying, was no different than a calorie of corn syrup.
Professor Slavin: “Grading carbohydrates good or bad would be too controversial.”
Controversial to whom? To the general public hoping to dodge diabetes – or to Minnesota-based food companies like cereal-maker General Mills, a generous supporter financially of Slavin’s employer, the Nutrition School at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Slavin: “Recommendation for added sugars is that they not be more than 25 percent of total calories …”
In the midst of obesity and diabetes epidemics, Professor Slavin is saying it’s perfectly okay for Americans to consume up to 25 percent of their calories as sugar!
Carbohydrates raise blood sugar; fats do not. Yet the 2010 Dietary guidelines say limit and restrict natural dietary fat and nutrient dense foods like eggs, but its okay to consume up to 25 percent of calories as sugar.
Know we know why we are stuck in a diabetes epidemic!
Is it fair to ask, how did Slavin get selected to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). Did she appoint herself Carbohydrate Chair? Was her Halloween Day testimony a trick on the 25 percent of the population that is diabetic or pre-diabetic and a big treat for Big Sugar?
You can read the transcripts yourself at:
Category: Diabetes/Heart Disease