Nutrition times … they are a changing – and what great timing for our What The Fat? team

For those who might not yet have been caught up in the hype, let me be the bearer of good news. The dietary guidelines in America could be about to change. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has drafted and released an evidence-based Scientific Report outlining recommendations and rational for the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans – due out later this year. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (“The Academy”), which is the largest association of food and nutrition professionals in the United States, has opportunity to comment and publicly commends the DGAC on this report.

The main gist of their report and the possible outcomes are  as follows:

  1. Cholesterol has been dropped as a nutrient of concern and it is likely that cholesterol limits will be removed.
  2. Saturated fat has been de-emphasised as a nutrient of concern because of the lack of evidence linking it to cardiovascular disease.
  3. The blanket “low salt” guideline will likely disappear due to the emerging evidence suggesting that low sodium intakes are associated with increased mortality for healthy individuals.
  4. There will likely be an increased focus on the reduction of added sugars as a key public health concern.

All I can say is … if the final version of the dietary guidelines do in fact reflect the contents of the report, the US lead the way, and no doubt other countries will follow. Those academics and practitioners and general folk out there that have been publicly and privately slamming those of us who have been trying to spread this message will need to swallow their pride and eat humble low-carb, healthy fat pie!!

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  • What The Fat? says:

    That probably depends on quite a few things Luther – what else do you intend to eat? And, what other risk factors are present in your life? Do you smoke, are you active, how clean is the air you breath, do you work nightshift, and so on. Those foods you mention have a high human interference factor (meaning a bit of junk goes into them and a bit of goodness is taken out), muffins are a processed carbohydrate food (and the double down is breaded and who knows what is in its sauce), so we can’t recommend them per se, but a burger without the bun (or a kebab with salad, without the wrap) is the LCHF takeaway option for times when there’s no other choice.
    The What The Fat? book does address these questions, and if you are especially interested in the effects of takeaway franchise fast food on your metabolism I also recommend the movies Fat Head and Supersize Me, which look at this question from two different angles (in Fat Head it’s about the carbs, in Supersize Me it’s about the calories) and come to somewhat divergent conclusions.

    • Luther says:

      Thank you for your reply. I live in New Zealand, which follows a western diet and is heavily populated with fast food restaurants. I just thought these foods high in animal protein and fat were the main causes for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. 65% of the adult population is either obese or overweight according to the 2012/2013 New Zealand Health Survey. It seems fast food and obesity go hand in hand. The majority of people in this country believe a healthy diet consists of a high intake of fat and protein and a low intake of carbohydrates. The majority of people in this country are not healthy. Fast food restaurants sponsor the most popular sports in this country. The advertisements are everywhere! These foods are high in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. So reading these guidelines confused me a little. I just don’t know what’s wrong with fruit, starch vegetables, green leafy vegetables and whole grains.

      • What The Fat? says:

        Hi Luther, you’re correct in saying that the fast food industry is contributing to obesity and chronic disease, however I wouldn’t agree with you when you say the majority of people in this country believe a healthy diet consists of a high intake of fat and protein and a low intake of carbohydrates. I would say that the majority of people in this country believe that a diet rich in carbohydrate and low in fat constitutes a healthy diet, as that’s what our guidelines tell us. You raise a good question when you say what’s wrong with fruit, starch vegetables, green leafy vegetables and whole grains. I’d say probably nothing is people truly ate just that, and nothing else, but the devil is in the detail, and the detail is that we live in a toxic food environment where there is constant access to processed, packaged foods that are laden with sugar and other unnatural ingredients. True wholegrains are hard to come by. What we have on our supermarket shelves are far from the true wholegrains that are considered healthy. These psuedo-foods also tend to contain very little fat, which means we are kept hungry throughout the day, and continue to eat these packaged foods every couple of hours, keeping the pockets of the food industry full. It is the overall heavy load of processed carbohydrate (which essentially is just sugar) is what is contributing to our problem of obesity and diabetes. Fast food contributes to this by proving processed foods that are high in both fat and sugar – a bad combination. Nothing wrong with fruit and vegetables. Some additional healthy fat, with reduced carbs stabilises blood sugar and keeps you satiated over the day. I hope that helps to clarify some issues for you.

  • Luther says:

    So does this mean I can eat a bacon and egg mcmuffin from mcdonalds or the kfc double down burger and not have to worry about getting cardiovascular disease or diabetes?

  • Dr. Victoria Flight says:

    Hi Caryn
    Thanks for your summary of the current play with the US dietary guidelines. I read the USDA report and was still very disappointed with some recommendations, for example the ongoing emphasis on choosing polyunsaturated oils and avoiding hard fats. I think the U.S. have a LONG way to go before guidelines reflect recent scientific understanding. Hopefully the Academy are very powerful! Could you please keep blogging any updates/summaries/opinion on this topic? Thanks

    • What The Fat? says:

      Hi there Victoria, I sure will. I agree they do have a long way to go, but it is nice to see some acknowledgement of the blown out of proportion saturated fat issue – small steps!

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