Is It Too Late For The Low-Carb Message In The 2010 Dietary Guidelines?

Filed under: Events — @ January 5, 2009

Let’s help shape the new Food Pyramid coming next year

Sometimes you can feel so powerless when you see such an influential governmental body like the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) continuing to do the same thing over and over again when it comes to the dietary guidelines they issue every five years. While they will hail the “changes” that happen to what has been commonly referred to as The Food Pyramid for the past few decades every time it is updated, the fact of the matter is it still relies too heavily on bread, pasta, and those so-called healthy whole grains and not enough on the truly healthy foods like beef, eggs, and butter. There’s certainly a disconnect between nutritional reality based on solid science and this fantasy world that members of the dietary guidelines committee over the years live in.

In November 2008, I blogged about my concern that not one member of the 13 chosen to serve on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee were from the low-carb research community. Not a single member! Several capable and highly-qualified ones were nominated, but all of them were rejected by the Bush administration’s Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer and Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. We can only hope that President-Elect Barack Obama’s choices for those posts–Tom Vilsack and Tom Daschle, respectively–will be more open to the low-carb message for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee.

But what about 2010? Is all hope lost yet again for low-carbers again to be disgusted with yet more conventional wisdom that isn’t gonna make a hill of beans difference about obesity and disease? Well, maybe not. I have some daring ideas about how we can influence the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines with the low-carb science if I can get a few dedicated supporters of the carbohydrate-restricted message who want to be world changers in 2009. It’s not gonna be easy, but what I’m about to share is worth a shot if we want to make a real difference in our country.

Click here to see three ways YOU can be involved in helping educate the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee about healthy low-carb nutrition.


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