The 2015 Dietary Guidelines are out, and we think Marion Nestle’s take — on the science and politics — is definitely worth a read.
- “First the good news. These Dietary Guidelines—for the first time—attempt to focus on foods and dietary patterns: ‘Previous editions of the Dietary Guidelines focused primarily on individual dietary components such as food groups and nutrients. However, people do not eat food groups and nutrients in isolation but rather in combination, and the totality of the diet forms an overall eating pattern.’ “
- ” These Dietary Guidelines, like all previous versions, recommend foods when they suggest “eat more.” But they switch to nutrients whenever they suggest “eat less.” In the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, saturated fat is a euphemism for meat. Added sugars is a euphemism for sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Sodium is a euphemism for processed foods and junk foods.”
- “If the Guidelines really focused on dietary patterns, they wouldn’t pussyfoot. They would come right out and say: eat less meat [OK, they do but only under the euphemism of “protein” and only for males, but what about processed meats? Not a word that I can find], cut down on sugary drinks, and eat less processed and junk food.” Why don’t they? Politics, of course.”
- “Recall that the secretaries of USDA and HHS said that the Guidelines would not say anything about sustainability as a rationale for advising eating less meat. So let’s count the 2015 Guidelines as a win for the meat, sugary drink, processed, and junk food industries.”