I agree that I do not want the government deciding what I can and cannot eat, but they’ve been in the business of telling us what we should eat for more than 40 years. The beef industry has been a target since the government first began telling us that a healthy diet is one with restricted amounts of red meat, total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. This began in the late 1970s. We were told that this was what we needed to do to lesson our risk of heart disease - the "heart-healthy" diet.
There was no compelling data to support this radical shift in nutritional paradigms. The widely accepted, well-established fact that it was carbohydrate in the diet that was the uniquely fattening macronutrient was abandoned for the untested and unproven hypothesis that fat in the diet causes heart disease. Warnings about potential harm from low-fat diets were ignored.
PERHAPS it's a coincidence that the "obesity epidemic" began when these first-ever government dietary guidelines were released. Perhaps. But it is more likely the unintended result of them. The evidence strongly suggests that the official recommendation to eat a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet has produced our current epidemic of obesity and other chronic metabolic diseases.
There are an abundance of research and clinical results indicating that, in order to be as lean as we’re each genetically capable of being, we should be eating diets that are much higher in animal products and lower in carbohydrate than the 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend. Good news for the beef producers!
Everyone in the beef industry owes it to themselves and their families to learn the truth about diet, health and human nutrition. Once you do, you’re free (at least for now!) to make your own decisions.
Remember, “Meat is Medicine!”
As a fulltime rancher, opinion contribur Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.
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