Forthcoming USDA Guidelines

If you still have concerns that cholesterol, saturated fat and salt are bad for you, you might be interested in this latest posting.

You may be aware of Dr. Malcolm Kendrick's trenchant views and disagree with him, but you should carefully read where his comments are sourced from - the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals:

It will be interesting to see, when the latest USDA 2015 Dietary Guidelines are released,

how the powers that be try to row back and justify the stance of they have held since 1977. A stance based on flawed research and vested interests that has led to so much suffering and unnecessary death around the world since then!

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  • I am glad to see some changes coming. My personal view, based on my own observational research of myself and what I eat over the last 40 years is:-

    Eat a little of every food group, not a lot of any one food group.

    Avoid all wheat based products or animal meats from corn fed beasts or anything fed antibiotics.

    Avoid all medications unless life threatening or QOL intolerable, especially pain killers.

    Whole seeds & nuts and whole fruit are good, the fibre content means you would not be able to eat too much whereas juice lack the fibre content so are too heavy in sugars per glass.

    Avoid all processed foods, especially anything with more than 3 ingredients.

    Eat only organic produce ie:- absence of pesticides

    Avoid dairy except for butter for cooking and the odd treat (1 x month)

    Salt is ok and I for one need it as I have very low BP but only ever use naturally harvested sea salt or pink Himalayan salt (available for Liddle) for seasoning whilst cooking, never add to the plate.

    Exercise a bit, rest a lot and avoid stress ie don't seek it out in work and family if it can possibly be avoided.

    Sleep well and live and enjoy life and stop worrying what is going to kill you, something will get you, the one certainty in life, but in the meantime I for one am enjoying LIFE!

    Live well!

  • Thanks.

    Looking forward to changes in UK!

    How many years do we have to wait?

  • Probably a very long time.

  • UK advice changed years ago. Cut down sugar and "Some foods, such as liver, kidneys and eggs, contain cholesterol (known as dietary cholesterol). However, this has little effect on blood cholesterol" and so on. What's on the web isn't all 100% up-to-date, but what dieticians tell you is better.

  • "Saturated fat will be… ‘de-emphasized’ from nutrients of concern, given the lack of evidence connecting it with cardiovascular disease.’" whereas the Eatwell plate groups high fat foods with high sugar food and drinks in the purple section (less than 6%), advises trimming visible fat from meat, and advocates eating lower-fat versions of dairy foods. They also advocate replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats.That is the current state of what dieticians' tell us in the UK, and has been since 2007.

  • No it isn't. I have never had a real live dietician refer to the Eatwell plate. I think we need to draw the distinction between personal healthcare and public health advice - of course, public health advice is often broad-brush wrong-if-you-examine-the-detail-finely stuff. The Eatwell plate is as misleading as the term LCHF.

  • What do dieticians use to underpin their advice if not the current DoH guidelines?

    I received training in the Eatwell Plate from a dietician.

    The DoH claims that the Eatwell Plate is right for most people.

    The NHS trains and pays dieticians.

    It didn't take this 'de-emphasis' of saturated fat to discredit the Eatwell Plate. A fundamental claim is that we should eat plenty of starchy foods because gram for gram they have less than half the calories of fat, without consideration of how many grammes we might actually eat as a result of stimulating appetite, and no recognition that most of the foods in that group are turned to glucose in the body faster than table sugar. In fact it is claimed that complex carbohydrates are a good source of sustained energy, despite the evidence of the glycaemic index proving otherwise since 1981.

  • A lot of the supporting material is online at

    The latest diet booklet I was given by the hospital dieticians seems to have most of the refined carbs in the "These should be avoided where possible" section and mainly wholegrain products fairly low down the OK section, with fats/oils, dairy, eggs, meat and fish above them.

    I don't know why you were told what you describe, but it's not at all like what I've been told.

  • It's not a secret - here is one of the many examples of the statement to base your meals on starchy carbohydrates

    and plenty of starchy carbs here

  • Low protein/high carbohydrate (LPHC) diets when food was always available delivered the same benefits as calorie restriction in terms of insulin activity, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, the scientists found.

    Read more:

    Photo of veg, see the difference!

  • In other words, he's taken the recent announcement that the USDA is going to keep playing catch-up with the NHS advice (whose dieticians stopped telling us to limit dietary cholesterol years ago) and spun it into self-vindication by summarising it incorrectly as "cholesterol is healthy"?

  • I am confused because of this :

    In short. Cholesterol is healthy, saturated fat is healthy, salt is healthy and sugar is unhealthy. I have pulled those four points out of a press release by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This was taken from Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, report.

  • The new guidelines' 'de-emphasis' pertaining to saturated fat is contrary to the Eatwell Plate, British Heart Foundation, Heart UK, and health professionals in the UK's training.

  • Thank you.

    The amount of time audience and health staff looked at me as I was from a different planet when I give my input at meetings!

    All I can do is continue with my belief and eat food what I have been eating and go for regular exercise.

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