The USDA Dietary Guidelines should be taken with a grain of salt. While advising us to cut fat and salt, the government pays corporate giants to grow corn for high fructose corn syrup, effectively making Twinkies cheaper than carrots, and Coke cheaper than orange juice. The same pool of lobbyists wooing government officials to spend on pork have their hands in the Dietary Guidelines.
Sugar is more fattening and hazardous than fat. The politically correct view still condemns fat as our nutritional health villain. But, since Americans dutifully reduced their fat intake by 25% over the past 30 years, obesity and diabetes tripled. During the very period we cut back on fat, overweight soared to over 65 percent of the population.
Years of fat reduction has also been met with increased rates of asthma, allergies, and Alzheimer’s disease. The National Academy of Sciences now says obesity is not related to fat intake in humans. (It is in rats, just not us.)
To get fat, you need sugar. Fructose is table sugar on steroids. Fructose fattens us faster than butter or lard and quicker than any other sugar. Research shows fructose-rich diet leads to metabolic syndrome characterized by an expanding waistline, high blood pressure and insulin resistance (pre-diabetes). New research shows fructose feeds pancreatic tumor cells. HFCS contains mercury.
I used to tell my clients that the worst thing they could possibly eat was trans fat, man-made oils found in margarine and many processed foods. But trans foods pale in comparison to the diseases associated with GMOs, also prevalent in processed foods. And you’d never know you are eating them as they don’t have to be labeled.