In a lengthy but informative post titled "Heart Specialist Calls for Major Repositioning on Saturated Fat, as it’s NOT the Cause of Heart Disease," Dr. Mercola--the top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer according to the Huffington Post--discusses how the federal government's dietary guidelines promote obesity and chronic disease.
Whoa...wait just one minute!
Isn't all of that taxpayers' money being spent on the First Lady's nutrition and health initiative, "Let's Move," supposed to put an end to the nutritional habits and remove from the shelves of food stores products that promote obesity and chronic disease?
Those nutritional guidelines in large part have been defined by agricultural subsidies, not nutritional science, Dr. Mercola argues.
Just a couple decades back, remember being told in public service announcements how grains should provide the cornerstone of a healthy diet?
The 1992 Food Pyramid placed grains as the largest supporting block of the entire food pyramid, encouraging citizens to eat 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta each day. According to Dr. Mercola, this presents a nutritional problem:
This excess of carbohydrates, most of them refined, is precisely the
kind of diet that promotes fat accumulation and drives insulin resistance
and related diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
At the very top of the pyramid was fats and sugar, and while sugar
clearly belongs there, fats do not.
Dr. Mercola's research indicates that most people would benefit from getting anywhere from 50% to 70% of their total calories from healthy fats, namely, saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources which the body requires for the proper functioning of cell membranes, heart, bones, liver, lungs, hormones, and immune system.
In 2011, the 1992 food pyramid was replaced with the First Lady's "MyPlate," which downplays grains as the most important dietary ingredient. Now vegetables comprise the largest "slice." According to Dr. Mercola:
...one of the most glaring problems with MyPlate is that it virtually
removed all fats from the equation! In fact, except for a small portion
of dairy, which is advised to be fat-free or low-fat, fats are missing
In addition, he notes, MyPlate doesn't mention the importance of dietary fats, even the "politically correct" ones like the monounsaturated fats in olive oil and nuts, such as pecans. One of the most critical of all fats--animal-based omega-3 fats--doesn't appear on MyPlate. Deficiency in this essential fat can cause or contribute to very serious health problems, both mental and physical, and may be a significant underlying factor of up to 96k premature deaths each year.
To sum up:
- Prescribing a nation's diet based on government subsidies to the nation's farmers.
- Eliminating from the diet what empirical studies suggest is nutritionally important to overall good health and well being.
Perhaps it's all part of the greater scheme of things and something Dr. Mercola didn't note: To reduce the number of people on the rolls of Obamacare who might otherwise have to visit with one of Kathleen Sebelius' death panels.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Dr. Mercola's article, click on the following link: