Updated: Aug 20, 2019
For almost 40 years, the world has lived with the consequences of decisions made by vested corporate interests defining a "healthy diet."
New research on optimal nutrition continues to emerge, showing that we have been lied to for decades, and the consequences on our health have been staggering.
In the New York Times bestselling book The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, author Nina Teicholz explains how critics of proposed dietary guidelines have historically been systematically excluded from the debate by corporations with a vested interest in ensuring that the population at large consume carbohydrate-rich and highly processed foods.
Teicholz examines how the current “scientific consensus” on the role of dietary fat and cholesterol in heart-disease risk was achieved by excluding the skeptics from influential policy committees and, eventually, from funding opportunities.
The book is a real eye-opening look at the consequences of not questioning the conventional wisdom of the day (and the consequences of basing public policy on that belief) as opposed to evidence of positive, beneficial effects.
The bottom line is that since 1977 (and for every 5 years since), when the US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs published the Dietary Goals for the United States, people around the world have been told that we could eliminate many of our health problems if we would simply eat less, or decrease our consumption of fat and cholesterol.
This was a lie, and the current epidemics of diabetes and obesity are a direct consequence.