As the federal government wrestles with how much meat and cholesterol it will recommend in its updated dietary guidelines, the public should be asking why the government is involved in this issue at all.
Right now, the officials at the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments are weighing advice from their Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for the five-year guideline update.
The committee said that there’s no evidence cholesterol in food leads to heart disease. At the same time, it urged people to avoid eating meat as a way to help the environment.
Because federal nutrition guidelines have a widespread impact on what Americans eat, both ideas sparked outcries from various groups. But there’s a much more fundamental problem here.
When not confusing (remember the food pyramid), or ever-changing (the government used to recommend three glasses of milk a day), these federal guidelines can be hazardous to your health.
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