The climate change game has reached a completely new level, affecting decisions related to our daily eating routine and making political leaders in the US reconsider the national dietary guidelines. According to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, citizens must consider the environment when eating, this being translated into putting more vegetables and plant-based food on our plates.
A consequence to that would mean to turn our backs on fat-related products, whether they come from raw meat or processed foods that are known to be rich in fats. The issue stirred controversy among experts, stating that this is a wrong decision that could affect the general health of the American people. Fat is in many ways much better than low-fat diets, translated into refined carbs and added sugars known to only stuff our stomachs with chemicals, failing to provide the necessary nutrients that would keep our bodies up and running.
Fat is underrated according to expert committees, declaring that cholesterol is no longer a nutrient of concern. Animal fat has its benefits, offering important nutrients and vitamins that strengthen our health. What animal fat offers to the benefit of our dietary routines can never be replaced by the low-fat or vegetarian diets.
Beyond the environmental issues that seem to impact everything, from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe, stays the truth that cannot be regulated with restrictive dietary guidelines promoting an alternative lifestyle, based on total exclusion of fats.
The more so dietary guidelines are known to impact everything, starting with what is served in school cafeteria lunches to the choices consumers make when they select their daily meals. The entire food industry is affected by what the governments decide what we can or can’t eat. And in the case of fats, they couldn’t be more wrong.
After long trials and tribulations, the Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Health and Human Services is urged to remove all the limits on total fat consumption and instead promote consumption of healthful fat. This means we will still be allowed to eat a fried egg once in a while or pamper ourselves with a stake and some French fries.
Even the House and Senate reacted publicly by saying the guidelines should focus their efforts to make a balanced decision that eliminates extreme proposals. Republicans claim that the political administration went too far in telling people what to eat, trying to completely ban fats from our daily eating routines.
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