The United States Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services are responsible for releasing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
This year, a game changer is about to happen when the Dietary Guidelines are released. Hopefully, the upper limit on total fat consumption will be overhauled across the U.S., thus promoting the intake and use of healthy fats which have been until now ushered due to the widely held view that fat consumption leads to cardiovascular problems and a wide array of other health ailments.
The Dietary Guidelines are reviewed and released for the public every five years. Expectedly, they impact the way food supply is conducted in institutions ranging from the government to schools to restaurants. Agricultural production as well as the food industry take the Dietary Guidelines and transform them in market demand.
It was through the Dietary Guidelines that a total fat consumption limit came to be the bible of diets across the U.S. mostly since the ‘70s. Medical and nutrition research has since evolved and what was once thought to be the demon of our diets, sending us to certain demise is now proven to be far less harmful than low-fat diets.
Saturated fat was the most demonized in fact. Thought to increase the risk rates of heart disease to skyrocketing levels, it soon extended the negative perception on all fats.
More recent studies have underlined that this doesn’t hold true anymore. Some fats are in fact good for us, such as those that lead to good cholesterol or HDL.
The alternative to fat consumption are the much advertised low-fat diets and products. Think refined carbs and added sugar to compensate for the loss of natural fats. What do these do for our health? Medically, they have been proven to add to the health concerns list previously constructed around saturated fats.
Alongside saturated fats, the total fat consumption limit ushered the intake of those fats which are good for our body. These are poly-fats and monounsaturated fats which are specifically found in avocados, nuts or fish. Remember those lists of wonder foods for our brain and body? These are they type of foods that top them.
Darius Mozaffarian, author of the paper recommending the hauling of the total fat consumption limit, stated:
“Placing limits on total fat intake has no basis in science and leads to all sorts of wrong industry and consumer decisions. Modern evidence clearly shows that eating more food rich in healthful fats like nuts, vegetable oils and have protective effects, particularly for cardiovascular diseases”.
He also stated that the previously thought harmful whole milk and milk products are in fact neutral.
Low-fat diets and their complementary high-carb diets have been shown to have the opposite effects than they were supposed to.
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