Low fat began in 1977 when Senator George McGovern’s bi-partisan Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs – without scientific consensus - recommended a low fat diet for all Americans over age 2, including up to 11 servings of grain everyday. As Americans adopted the new dietary guidelines – restricting fat and eating more carbohydrates – we gained girth.
We set out on this slippery slope of ever expanding chronic disease – the high carb road to ruin - when we started replacing our traditional foods like butter and eggs with highly processed vegetable fats, refined grains, and cereals. Children are eating Pop Tarts and sugary cereals when they should be eating nutritious eggs scrambled or fried in butter.
“Don’t eat eggs and butter” is a catastrophic mistake. If you cut down on fat you’ve got to eat something and that something has been sugar, starch, and thousands of easily-digested “low fat” grain products, usually made with industrially rancid vegetable grease and high fructose corn syrup, now constituting up to 10 percent of American calories.
The proposed 2010 Dietary Guidelines – like the original low fat 1980 Dietary Guidelines - will only fuel chronic disease. Because 80 percent of diabetics die of heart disease, we are also facing an unprecedented surge in diseases of the heart - the number one Medicare expenditure; the number one cause of death.
Once we identify excess carbohydrates and the highly processed vegetable fats as the common denominators of chronic disease, we will then be able to cut carbs, fix our fats, and switch back to America’s traditional high fat diet. I want a real Happy Meal please - three eggs scrambled in butter!