Tag: 2010 Dietary Guidelines

A critical view of the “Mediterranean Diet”

| June 29, 2013
A critical view of the “Mediterranean Diet”

MONDAY, Feb. 25  (Health Day News) —- the headline read:  Score another heart-health win for the Mediterranean diet The New York Times reported the results of the February 2012 “Mediterranean Diet” study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (and funded by olive oil-producing Spain). “About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths […]

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Has Low Fat Failed the Test of Time?

| June 14, 2013 | 18 Replies
Has Low Fat Failed the Test of Time?

“The Dietary Guidelines are the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy…” Since 1980, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have recommended a high carbohydrate, anti-fat diet. According to the Secretary of Agriculture, “Our Dietary Guidelines provide a way for the government to speak with one voice on nutrition and promoting […]

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Do we know why we are stuck in a diabetes epidemic?

| November 20, 2012 | 4 Replies
Do we know why we are stuck in a diabetes epidemic?

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 […]

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Value of Fat – especially saturated fat

| September 17, 2012 | 4 Replies
Value of Fat – especially saturated fat

Even the Paleolithic or Stone Age diet went low fat. Jean Carper’s version of a Stone Age Salad includes “mixed greens, garbanzo beans, and skinless chicken breasts.”2 Not backed by any reference to lipid biochemistry – we’re told to remove skin from the chicken in the mistaken belief that it’s got to be saturated fat. […]

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Then (1950) and Now (2010): What changed, the science or the politics?

| September 13, 2012 | 27 Replies
Then (1950) and Now (2010): What changed, the science or the politics?

In the U.S. in 1950, obesity and diabetes were not public health problems. In 1980, USDA issued the first-ever low fat Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2010 – the same year that even more stringent anti-fat Dietary Guidelines were reaffirmed – the CDC in Atlanta referred to diabetes as a dangerous “run-away-train.” What happened between […]

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Illustrated History of Heart Disease 1825-2015

| August 19, 2012 | 65 Replies
Illustrated History of Heart Disease 1825-2015

   1825  French lawyer and gourmand Brillant-Savarin publishes The Physiology of Taste, in which he says he has identified the cure for obesity:  “More or less rigid abstinence from everything that is starchy or floury.”   1830  Sugar consumption in the US is 15 pounds per capita (much of it molasses). Today:  150 pounds per capita […]

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25 Reasons the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are wrong about cholesterol & saturated fat

| August 18, 2012 | 13 Replies
25 Reasons the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are wrong about cholesterol & saturated fat

1. In 1937, Columbia University biochemists David Rittenberg & Rudolph Schoenheimer demonstrated that dietary cholesterol had little or no influence on blood cholesterol. Never refuted, why do the 2010 Dietary Guidelines limit dietary cholesterol to fewer than 300 mg per day? 2. Dietary cholesterol is poorly absorbed – 50 percent at best (Mary Enig, PhD; Michael […]

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The War on Cholesterol and Saturated Fat

| February 7, 2012 | Reply
The War on Cholesterol and Saturated Fat

In the U.S. dietary kingdom, saturated fat is most feared – fingered as the cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), they have been warning us away from saturated fat since 1957. In 1961, at the urging of AHA board members Ancel Keys and Jeremiah Stamler, the AHA officially […]

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