The U.S. Government Wants YOU To Stay Fat …

By Robert Coates on Monday, January 31, 2011
Filled Under: Health

That’s about the only conclusion you can reach after seeing how they’ve only twiddled a bit with diet recommendations in the United States Department Of Agriculture (USDA) and Department Of Health and Human Services (HHS) publication “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.”

The bloated government agencies that print such things seem to think that as long as they’re bloated, then its a good idea to keep other people who are grossly overweight or obese because they don’t eat and exercise properly … bloated right along with them.

Obesity is suppose to be a BIG problem in America and so there must be a few things that a lot of us are doing wrong … but in reading the 112 page report one has to ask where’s the beef? In fact, eating grass fed beef may be one of the best ways to get protein with high omega3’s and reduce your weight, but instead the report twiddles on about minor changes in salt intake and the type of fats you should eat.

What about sugar? Doctors and other health professionals have been raging for years about the amount of sugar in soft drinks and the use of corn syrup as a cheap sweetener in a ton of processed foods as being a big contributor to America’s obesity problem.

In this report “added sugar” has been separated from the carbohydrates section that it appeared under in the 2005 report but not much else is said about it except you should try and reduce those kind of calories a bit.

The report does recommend the reduction in sodium (salt) intake to 1500mg/day for about half the population including African Americans, children, people with hypertension and diabetes, and people over the age of 51. Everybody else should limit their intake to less than 2300mg/day.

That sounds good, but salt is in so many things you eat that it is very difficult for the average person to know just how much 2300mg is. Unless you are cooking the food from scratch and can measure the salt going in, this guideline will be ignored by most people because it’s too hard to track the salt content in every item you eat.

Here’s a radical thought. How about them publishing a “do not eat to lose weight list” that would indicate the worst foods and drinks with too much salt and sugar in them. The list would be very long but people could then look to see if their favorite foods were listed and know exactly which ones to avoid if they were trying to lose weight.

That would never work on a political level however because the dodo would hit the fan and the politicians would have their phones ringing off the hook from campaign contributors (read food manufacturers) screaming for that list to become dessert for a paper shredder.