I came across this gem from fellow primals and paleos. A great read. People listened, and here we are 30 years later fat as ever; and the fear of god in fatty foods. We had it the wrong way all along and for some reason we used false science to get us here when all along we should have been just following the nutrition and movements of our ancestry. They got us here you know.

Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee

In case you can’t read the PDF here is all you need to read, the other 10 pages are just medical and science references to how the abstract was written up.

Concerns that were raised with the first dietary recommendations 30 y ago have yet to be adequately addressed. The initial Dietary Goals for Americans (1977) proposed increases in carbohydrate intake and decreases in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and salt consumption that are carried further in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Report. Important aspects of these recommendations remain unproven, yet a dietary shift in this direction has already taken place even as overweight/obesity and diabetes have increased. Although appealing to an evidence-based methodology, the DGAC Report demonstrates several critical weaknesses, including use of an incomplete body of relevant science; inaccurately representing, interpreting, or summarizing the literature; and drawing conclusions and/or making recommendations that do not reflect the limitations or controversies in the science. An objective assessment of evidence in the DGAC Report does not suggest a conclusive proscription against low-carbohydrate diets. The DGAC Report does not provide sufficient evidence to conclude that increases in whole grain and fiber and decreases in dietary saturated fat, salt, and animal protein will lead to positive health outcomes. Lack of supporting evidence limits the value of the proposed recommendations as guidance for consumers or as the basis for public health policy. It is time to reexamine how US dietary guidelines are created and ask whether the current process is still appropriate for our needs.

It’s another nail in the coffin of the conventional wisdom approach to health.

— Daniel Merk

POSTED BY Daniel Merk | 11:49pm 18th-Oct, 2010