Dietary Dogma: Has America’s dietary advice been successful? A review of USDA guidelines:

 

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“Thus we should beware of clinging to vulgar opinions, and judge things by reason’s way, not by popular say.”   -Montaigne  (1533-1592)

It wouldn’t be very uncommon to immediately and even subconsciously correlate issues such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes whenever we hear the word ‘fat’. Diabetes being a bit of head scratcher considering it is a blood sugar disorder biochemically, but occasionally incorporated none the less.  In fact,  this is such a well-known and indisputable subject, that questioning it seems aimless. After all, if fat doesn’t make you fat, than what the heck possibly could, right?  It’s portrayed as so elementary, and has been for years-all the way back to the 1950s when a researcher by the name of Ancel Keys found a relationship between the amount of saturated fats and cholesterol in the diet and incidence of heart disease. (1) This theory-known as the diet-heart hypothesis-would soon set the stage for numerous margarine, vegetable oil, and various mono-culturing practices to take on the task of making our food supply both healthy and safe.  Continue reading