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The writers who work with me know that they can short-circuit my temper by mentioning one of two hot-button topics: the Writers Guild or the USDA Food Pyramid.
I’m against both, by the way. Each has done damage to very personal and important parts of me — my wallet and my waistline.
Now, though, at least one of them is starting to crumble. From the NY Times:
People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows.
Boom. The Food Pyramid — a federal government boondoggle of cronyism and incompetence — told us to eat more bread and pasta and fewer fats and less meat. As with almost everything the federal government codifies, this was, we now know, not only wrong but unhealthy:
The average person may not pay much attention to the federal dietary guidelines, but their influence can be seen, for example, in school lunch programs, which is why many schools forbid whole milk but serve their students fat-free chocolate milk loaded with sugar, Dr. Mozaffarian said.
And now we have fat kids. So what should we eat? How about this:
A typical day’s diet was not onerous: It might consist of eggs for breakfast, tuna salad for lunch, and some kind of protein for dinner — like red meat, chicken, fish, pork or tofu — along with vegetables. Low-carb participants were encouraged to cook with olive and canola oils, but butter was allowed, too.
In other words, you’re supposed to eat pretty much what people ate for years and years before the federal government decided to get into the nutrition business.
So that’s one pet-peeve put to rest.
I await the study that tells everyone what they already knew about trade unions, which is: their time has come and gone.