Alternative to USDA Dietary Guidelines Proposed


| 4/19/2011 1:27:18 PM


Tags: nutrition, food groups, healthy 4 life, USDA Dietary guidelines, Press Release,

Nutrition Foundation Releases Dietary Guidelines

Alternative to Lowfat USDA Guidelines Stresses Healthy Fats as One of Four Food Groups

WASHINGTON, DC, : As an alternative to the USDA lowfat, high-carbohydrate dietary guidelines, a Washington, DC nutrition foundation proposes a Healthy 4 Life dietary plan in the form of a colorful booklet and poster featuring four food groups: animal foods; grains, legumes and nuts; vegetables and fruits; and healthy fats.

Rather than prescribe one-size-fits-all levels of macronutrients—fats, carbohydrates and proteins—the Healthy 4 Life plan recommends nutrient-dense versions of animal and plant foods, with particular emphasis on healthy traditional fats like butter, lard, egg yolks and coconut oil. The plan does not specify specific amounts of fats or carbohydrates because the need for these macronutrients varies with the individual. Those who engage in high levels of physical activity can incorporate more carbohydrates in the diet without gaining weight; those needing to lose weight or control blood glucose levels require more healthy fats in the diet as fats provide satiety and help keep blood sugar within a normal range.

"The proposed 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines perpetuate the mistakes of previous guidelines in demonizing saturated fats and animal foods rich in saturated fatty acids such as egg yolks, butter, whole milk, cheese, fatty meats like bacon and animal fats for cooking. The current obesity epidemic emerged as vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates replaced these healthy, nutrient-dense traditional fats. Animal fats supply many essential nutrients that are difficult to obtain from other sources," explains Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit nutrition education foundation dedicated to providing accurate information about nutrition. Named for Dr. Weston A. Price, whose pioneering research discovered the vital importance of animal fats in human diets, the Foundation has warned against the dangers of lowfat and plant-based diets.

The Foundation has been critical of the unscientific demonization of saturated fats embedded in the USDA guidelines. “A recent meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies found no evidence that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease,” said Fallon Morell.




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