Was the Government Dietary Advice Wrong?

The WashingPost has had two articles on nutrition. The first focuses on mistakes made with the science around dietary fat and carbs

The second focuses on Congress asking hard questions about exactly what has been going on:

These articles question the fundamental ability of the government to come up with guidelines and the role of outside forces in shaping them. What do you think?

Brian, I think the appearance of certainty that not only the government dietary recommendations but also the lettered medical associations such as the AHA, the AND, and the ADA, made about the low-fat, high-carb (big on grains), could not support the reality of epidemic obesity, diabetes, and heart disease we now face. Something doesn’t add up here and the public reads contradictory expert advice depending on the day of the week.

I feel that the medical establishment and related professional associations have let me down in their counsel about how to eat and live healthy with diabetes. It’s as if their advice actively sought to undermine my blood sugar control. How else could one interpret the advice to consume 40-60% of my daily calories as carbs? “Healthy whole grains” drive up my post-meal blood glucose just as rapidly and surely as most carbs do.

I wish there were some expert non-conflicted panels that I could look to for the truth but I don’t see them.


It’s all about making a profit, not improving our quality of life. Don’t trust gov’t. Don’t trust greed.

“Ever eat a pine cone? Many parts are edible.” To quote a tv commercial for cereal. And some Woody Allen movie set in the future, “They were told to not eat chocolate cake and ice cream precisely the opposite of what we know today.” I noticed that acorns are low carb and native Americans ate acorns for centuries. But in modern times many have diabetes. Is that because they became used to low carb over the centuries but were then inundated with carbs? So with a melting pot culture of today it is important to recognise what our ancestors ate. Europeans may have long grown wheat, become accustomed to wheat and so wheat is their food. They should not say it’s everybody’s. Asians eat rice every day. I can’t do that. My body reacts and makes me uncomfortable.