When we look back at the recommended diet from the 19th century, French health manuals recommended individualized diets. It was based on geography, age, sex, occupation, and constitution.
Yet in 1977, our government skipped over this sound nutritional recommendations. And instead, they heavily pushed the idea that we all eat a low-calorie, low-fat diet.
And that is PRECISELY when we Americans lost our minds – and grew our bellies.
Instead of eating healthy fats and nutrient-dense foods, we were convinced to starve ourselves (via calorie restrictions) and substitute fats for sugars.
As a result, almost every food sold in the supermarket has added sugar (and soy).
This is the PDF our government does not want us to read
This report titled, How the U.S. Low-Fat Diet Recommendations of 1977 Contributed to the Declining Health of Americans is quite the read. Here is the opening paragraph:
In 1977, the first edition of The Dietary Goals for the United States was published in attempts to reduce the incidence of diet-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While numerous dietary adjustments were recommended in order to improve health, fat was identified as the most instrumental factor. While they were well-intended, the US low-fat guidelines made in 1977 caused an overhaul of both the food industry and the average American’s perception of a healthy diet, eventually contributing to an overall decline in health, specifically an increased national obesity rate and incidence of related diseases, rather than the anticipated opposite result.
These days, almost 4 out of every 10 Americans are seriously overweight. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death. And more than $147 billion has been spent each year on the medical costs to treat obesity in the United States
Thank you Dr. Atkins
The Atkins Diet reverted me back into eating healthy fats. I did well in this good-fats’ diet. (I only quit it because it was boring. Plus, eating socially was out of the question.)
Fast forward almost 20 years… I am back into eating a healthy dose of good fats. Because fats play a vital role to improve our healthspan and lifespan.
So I was excited to see this Chris Kresser post deep dive on dietary fats. It is titled, Healthy Fats: What You Need to Know.
Every person on the planet should read this Kresser post on the benefits of dietary fats. No hype: it truly is a matter of life and death.