Brutal, I say! The PCRM (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) gets brutal. I agree with them most of the time and agree those they pound on furiously oft deserve it. Bureaucracy in large councils and industry, like the Dairy Council, the Beef Council, well, to be blunt, they have a lot of money. They have ways of using their financial prowess to woo and schmooze government entities.
Where does the fat come from in our diet? According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, on page 26, the bulk of our saturated fat comes from “All other food categories (24.5%).” Yet, when you add up all the saturated fat from the various dairy categories, you get a whopping 30%, the PCRM informs us. As I look at this chart on page 26, I see meat is broken up into beef dishes, tortillas/burritos/tacos, sausage/franks/bacon/ribs, chicken dishes, and lastly burgers. These total 23%.
Why is this disturbing to me? Well, the guidelines are confusing and consumers need clear advice among all the mumbo-jumbo the media sends out in other forms. The guidelines clearly encourage us to eat more fruit, veggies, and whole grains but bury their intended message to limit meats and dairy (because of risk of heart disease) by saying limit “cholesterol, saturated fat, and solid fat.” The waters are already muddied enough. Can we just say ‘reduce meat and dairy?”
Saturated fat is linked to increased risk of heart disease including diabetes. Our diets should only contain 7-10% of this fat ever.
Word to the wise: Choose low-fat and non-fat dairy products always. Begin Meatless Mondays. Go vegan during the day, eat meat at night. Begin the day with fruit on your plate. Make lunch veggie-filled.
And don’t believe everything you read. Be curious. Be informed. Be vigilant about noticing what you eat.