❝ Dietary cholesterol limits should be abandoned and vegetarian and Mediterranean diets recommended, according to an advisory committee report that will shape the nation’s dietary guidelines.
The scientific advisory report…will form the foundation for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to be released by the federal departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services after a public comment period.
❝ If the recommendations are followed, the 40-year-old warning on cholesterol — recommending no more than 300 mg/day, or about the amount found in two eggs — would disappear due to lack of evidence that it has much impact on arterial cholesterol or leads to heart disease…
❝ Indeed, cholesterol wasn’t the only change suggested for the 5-year update to the nation’s dietary guidelines.
The advisory committee recommended adding three diets with more than 30% of calories from fat to the recommended list: A healthy diet based on U.S. foods, The Mediterranean diet, A vegetarian diet…Overall, though, the emphasis wasn’t on specific diets or nutrients but a dietary pattern.
❝ The committee found evidence that a “healthy dietary pattern is higher in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low- or nonfat dairy, seafood, legumes, and nuts; moderate in alcohol (among adults); lower in red and processed meats; and low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains.
“Additional strong evidence shows that it is not necessary to eliminate food groups or conform to a single dietary pattern to achieve healthy dietary patterns.
“Rather, individuals can combine foods in a variety of flexible ways to achieve healthy dietary patterns, and these strategies should be tailored to meet the individual’s health needs, dietary preferences, and cultural traditions.”
That conclusion drew an “Amen to that!” from David L. Katz, MD…president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine…
Of course, I shudder to look forward to the headlines from mainstream media sources with 19th Century editorial boards, diatribes from dietary hustlers with a particular axe to grind and niche health fans of this week’s magic bullet [for only a small subscription fee].
Exercise and eating whatever is fresh – in moderation – is pretty much a given for survival. Excess in sugar and salt is the result of too much processed foods regardless of preference. Think about what you eat, folks. It ain’t that complex.