So the government is going through it’s every-five year kabuki dance of making dietary recommendations for the nation as a whole. According to Mother Jones Magazine this morning, things are changing, and things are staying the same. For the last fifty odd years the nation has giving strikingly bad advice about what foods to eat and what to avoid.
They have advised that we all eat less fats. At first the advice was to not eat saturated fats, and when that advice turned out to not be such good advice, because the fats that they recommended that we eat were worse than what we had been traditionally eaten, they modified the advice to be ‘just eat less fats’. That advice is going to be perpetuated another five years, it looks like. Since we need energy to live, and since fat contains a great deal of energy, not eating fats implies automatically eating more carbohydrates to make up the deficit. I hate carbohydrates. I won’t be following this advice, I will be eating saturated fats instead of carbohydrates.
They are going to finally admit that eating cholesterol does not cause increased blood serum cholesterol. I assumed that cholesterol was not from eating eggs after watching the movie “Lorenzo’s Oil.” In that film, the sick child had a problem with too much of an oil in his body, doctors advised he eat no oils. Eating no oils led to his problem worsening. His father researched and determined that to prevent his body making something harmful he needed to eat MORE oil. I may not have the specifics right, but I learned watching that true story that scientists did not know where things in your blood came from. After watching that movie I never again worried about eating cholesterol. You can find these warnings everywhere still.
We are going to get a modified version of the warning against eating meats. The modification will be that meat animals take up too much room and eat too many vegetables (read that corn and soy), their carbon footprint is too high. I agree that food animals should not be eating corn and soy. In my opinion we should quit eating confinement raised meats, but not because of their carbon footprint. We should stop eating grain fed meats because from our perch at the top of the food chain, we should be eating animals that subsist on things we cannot eat ourselves. It is how we get nutrients that we can get in no other way. Omega 3 oil, is a great example. We need it, and the only good way to get it is to eat grass eating animals or algae eating fish.
I am going to eat meats, they are going to be meats that eat their natural diets. The fat they will contain will be natural and not harmful–healthful, even. The vitamins and minerals they will contain will be what nature intended and I have evolved to expect in my foods. I won’t worry about cholesterol in the eggs I eat. I will eat my ham and egg breakfast every morning, and I will appreciate the long, hunger free interval it will give me until lunch time.