For years the government’s dietary guidelines scared us away from whole milk—and made us unhealthier!
Since the Washington Post is a mainstream media outlet, I am surprised it is willing to admit how unscientific the government’s advice has been: “For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong?”
U.S. dietary guidelines have long recommended that people steer clear of whole milk, and for decades, Americans have obeyed. Whole milk sales shrunk. It was banned from school lunch programs. Purchases of low-fat dairy climbed.
“Replace whole milk and full-fat milk products with fat-free or low-fat choices,” says the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s influential advice book, citing the role of dairy fat in heart disease.
Whether this massive shift in eating habits has made anyone healthier is an open question among scientists, however. In fact, research published in recent years indicates that the opposite might be true: millions might have been better off had they stuck with whole milk.
Scientists who tallied diet and health records for several thousand patients over ten years found, for example, that contrary to the government advice, people who consumed more milk fat had lower incidence of heart disease.
But while the story talks about “federal bureaucrats writing” dietary guidelines, it never asks why we need to spend tax money giving people assurance about “settled science” that was mostly a scam in the first place. Nor does it mention that some of the evidence against fat was intentionally and knowingly fabricated by the creation of flawed studies.
Wouldn’t we be better off if we allowed people to do their own research? People would make mistakes but we would be less likely to see the majority of the population herded into damaging dietary decisions.
Another missing element in the story: What about the extremely low fat demands of the Michelle Obama lunch program?
It would also be nice if the story had admitted that the view on fat is not determined entirely by concerns about human health. Dairy fat is simply a form of animal fat and that means that admitting it is good for human consumption will lead to more demand from the meat industry. But this leads us into another current science scam: the government thinks the meat industry is not “sustainable” and contributes to alleged global warming.
Finally, the guidelines will ultimately be created to some extent by whatever part of the food lobby is able to invest more money in lobbying in order to get recommended over other foods.
Fake scientific “consensus” (which the government can manufacture for a time simply by the direction of funding to the studies that it favors) is a staple weapon in any totalitarian government’s arsenal. People need to be aware.