Comments on the USDA Dietary Guidelines

SUMMARY

Current USDA dietary guidelines are based on the flawed notion that cholesterol and saturated fat are unhealthy. They are unrealistic, unworkable, unscientific and impractical; they have resulted in widespread nutrient deficiencies and contributed to a proliferation of obesity and degenerative disease, including problems with growth, behavior and learning in children. The US government is promoting a lowfat, plant-based diet that ignores the vital role animal protein and fats have played in human nutrition throughout the ages.

The pyramid with its strictures against fat consumption does not recognize variations in human metabolism. Recommendations for fat restriction are predicated on the assumption that fat causes weight gain and heart disease; several recent studies have shown that that restriction of natural fats actually leads to more obesity in both children and adults, while the refined carbohydrates, polyunsaturated and trans fats that frequently replace natural saturated fats contribute to weight gain and chronic disease. Restriction of animal fats in children leads increased markers for heart disease and to deficiencies of vitamins A, D and K2, needed for growth, strong bones, immunity, neurological function, and protection from tooth decay.

See Press Conference

See also a PDF of our Healthy 4 Life Dietary Guidelines

See special article in Nutrition here: http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007%2810%2900289-3/fulltext [Adele H Hite, MAT; Richard D Feinman, PhD; Gabriel E Guzman, PhD; Morton Satin, MSc; Pamela Schoenfeld, RD; Richard J Wood, PhD. “In The Face Of Contradictory Evidence: Report Of The Dietary Guidelines For Americans Committee,” Nutrition, October 2010 (Volume 26, Issue 10, Pages 915-924), published by Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2010.08.012.]

RECOMMENDED NEW GUIDELINES:

The Weston A. Price Foundation strongly urges the USDA Dietary Guidelines committee to scrap the food pyramid and replace it with the following Healthy 4 Life guidelines, based on four groups of whole foods.

Every day, eat high quality, whole foods to provide an abundance of nutrients, chosen from each of the following four groups:

  1. Animal foods: meat and organ meats, poultry, and eggs from pastured animals; fish and shellfish; whole raw cheese, milk and other dairy products from pastured animals; and broth made from animal bones.
  2. Grains, legumes and nuts: whole-grain baked goods, breakfast porridges, whole grain rice; beans and lentils; peanuts, cashews and nuts, properly prepared to improve digestibility.
  3. Fruits and Vegetables: preferably fresh or frozen, preferably locally grown, either raw, cooked or in soups and stews, and also as lacto-fermented condiments.
  4. Fats and Oils: unrefined saturated and monounsaturated fats including butter, lard, tallow and other animal fats; palm oil and coconut oil; olive oil; cod liver oil for vitamins A and D.

Avoid: foods containing refined sweeteners such as candies, sodas, cookies, cakes etc.; white flour products such as pasta and white bread; processed foods; modern soy foods; polyunsaturated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and fried foods.

SATURATED FATS

The demonization of saturated fats is unscientific and has had an extremely detrimental effect on the health of the whole nation, particularly on growing children. The human body contains high levels of saturated fat in the cell membranes and in protective fat around the organs. When saturated fat is not available in the diet, the body very efficiently turns refined carbohydrates into saturated fat;1 thus restriction of saturated fat can often lead to cravings for refined carbohydrates.

Saturated fatty acids are said to cause cancer, heart disease and obesity. Yet these diseases were rare at the turn of the century when consumption of saturated fats was much higher than it is today. The likely culprits for these conditions are polyunsaturated fatty acids and trans fats, which came into widespread use after WWII.2

Saturated fats play many important roles in the body chemistry:

  • As saturated fats are stable, they do not become rancid easily, do not call upon the body’s reserves of antioxidants, do not initiate cancer and do not irritate the artery walls.3
  • Vitamins A and D, which are vital for proper growth and for protein and mineral assimilation, are found only in mostly saturated animal fats.
  • Saturated fats enhance the immune system, thereby protecting us against infection and cancer.4
  • Saturated fats help the body lay down calcium in the bones and help prevent osteoporosis.5
  • Saturated fats provide energy and structural integrity to the cells.6 At least 50 percent of many, if not most, of the cell membrane must be saturated fat for the cells to work properly.
  • Saturated fats protect the liver from alcohol, drugs, pesticides and other poisons.7
  • Saturated fats enhance the body’s use of essential fatty acids, which the body needs in small amounts and obtains from whole foods.8
  • Stearic acid, found in beef tallow and butter, has cholesterol-lowering properties and is a preferred food for the heart.9
  • Saturated fats are needed for the kidneys to work properly.10
  • The lung surfactants are composed of saturated fatty acids.11 The lungs cannot work without adequate amounts of saturated fats.

Warnings against dietary saturated fats are predicated on the assumption that saturated fats contribute to atherosclerosis and therefore to heart disease; yet, as saturated fat consumption has declined in the U.S. over the last one hundred years, heart disease has increased. Recent epidemiological evidence from Europe does not support a correlation of saturated fat with heart disease, as shown in the charts below.12

usdafig1

 

usdafig2

What happens when children are put on lower fat diets? When researchers prominently associated with the American Heart Association fed children lower fat diets and measured some of the markers they consider important predictors of heart disease, they found that these lower fat diets were causing the very problems they wanted to prevent. The children whose genes would normally have been producing the desirable light and fluffy form of LDL started to make the dangerous small and dense form of LDL.13 Thus the US dietary recommendations are likely to be causing heart disease, not preventing it.

SATURATED FAT AND WEIGHT GAIN

The USDA Dietary Guidelines have led to the restriction of saturated fat in children’s diets; pediatricians now advise parents to put their children on reduced-fat dairy products and avoid meat and dairy fats starting at the age of two; and school children no longer have the option of whole milk in school lunches.

Authorities justify these restrictions of nutritious foods by claiming that fat, especially saturated fat, results in weight gain. Yet a recent study from Sweden found that a higher intake of fats, including saturated fats, in childhood resulted in lower body weight; children on reduced fat diets had higher body mass and greater insulin resistance.14

Furthermore, in a study of Swedish adults, consumption of whole fat milk and cheese was linked to lower weight gain;15 and dairy fat was not linked with weight gain in a longitudinal study of adolescents.16

Individuals who try to restrict saturated animal fats according to the USDA guidelines often end up consuming more trans fats. Yet animal research indicates that in calorie-restricted diets containing the same number of calories, those diets containing trans fats result in increased weight gain.17

CHOLESTEROL

Restriction of saturated animal fats is also justified with the argument that animal fats contain cholesterol, and therefore cause heart disease. Yet even the amount of cholesterol found in three to four eggs per day produces no change in blood cholesterol levels in 70 percent of the population, as shown in randomized, placebo-controlled trials; in the other 30 percent, dietary cholesterol increases both LDL-cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol equally and turns small, dense “pattern B” LDL into light, buoyant “pattern A” LDL, changes that are widely regarded by promoters of the cholesterol theory as beneficial.18

Cholesterol restriction is particularly harmful for pregnant women and growing children. Pregnant women need extra levels of cholesterol for the formation of the fetus, and cholesterol-lowering drugs can lead to extremely serious birth defects.19 Growing children cannot produce all the cholesterol they need for the formation of the brain and gut, but need to obtain it from a cholesterol-rich diet. Just a few decades ago, experts on child feeding agreed that the best foods for infants were cholesterol-rich foods such as egg yolk, liver, butter and whole milk; today, thanks to the USDA Dietary Guidelines, children are denied these nutrient-dense foods so important for growth and neurological development.

Roles of cholesterol include:

  • Along with saturated fats, cholesterol in the cell membrane gives our cells necessary stiffness and stability. When the diet contains an excess of polyunsaturated fatty acids, these replace saturated fatty acids in the cell membrane, so that the cell walls actually become flabby. When this happens, cholesterol from the blood is “driven” into the tissues to give them structural integrity. This is why serum cholesterol levels may go down temporarily when saturated fats are replaced with polyunsaturated oils in the diet.20
  • Cholesterol acts as a precursor to vital corticosteroids, hormones that help us deal with stress and protect the body against heart disease and cancer; and to the sex hormones like androgen, testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.
  • Cholesterol is a precursor to vitamin D, a very important fat-soluble vitamin needed for healthy bones and nervous system, proper growth, mineral metabolism, muscle tone, insulin production, reproduction and immune system function.
  • The bile salts are made from cholesterol. Bile is vital for digestion and assimilation of fats in the diet.
  • Research shows that cholesterol acts as an antioxidant.21 This is the likely explanation for the fact that cholesterol levels go up with age. As an antioxidant, cholesterol protects us against free radical damage that leads to heart disease and cancer.
  • Cholesterol is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain.22 Serotonin is the body’s natural “feel-good” chemical. Low cholesterol levels have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior, depression and suicidal tendencies.
  • Mother’s milk is especially rich in cholesterol and contains a special enzyme that helps the baby utilize this nutrient. Babies and children need cholesterol-rich foods throughout their growing years to ensure proper development of the brain and nervous system.
  • Dietary cholesterol plays an important role in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall.23 This is why low-cholesterol vegetarian diets can lead to leaky gut syndrome and other intestinal disorders.

OTHER NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

It is very difficult, if not impossible, to construct a diet based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines that meets the nutritional requirements of either adults or growing children.24 Meals based on the dietary guidelines will not only contain an excess of carbohydrates and not enough fat (or high levels of processed fat), they are also likely to be deficient in a number of nutrients:

  • Vitamin A: Since USDA Guidelines severely restrict animal fats and do not specifically recommend liver and other organ meats, meals based on these guidelines will be virtually devoid of vitamin A. USDA has recognized this problem and tried to solve it by insisting that adequate vitamin A can be obtained from vitamin A precursors found in fruits and vegetables; in fact, contrary to statements in biochemical textbooks and the Merck Manual, USDA falsely labels these carotenes as vitamin A. Yet the precursors to the true animal form of vitamin A are very poorly converted, especially in babies and children who need vitamin A the most.25 Vitamin A is an extremely important nutrient, needed for growth, hormone production, healthy bones, skin and eyes and protection against infection.
  • Vitamin D: A consensus is building that vitamin D deficiency is widespread in the U.S. population. According to advocates for supplements, adequate vitamin D cannot be obtained from food. This is certainly a true statement if one is following the USDA Guidelines. Yet there are many food sources of vitamin D including butter, whole milk, egg yolks, organ meats, lard and other animal fats from animals raised in sunlight, cod liver oil, shellfish and oily fish. The problem is that the Guidelines have demonized these high-fat, nutrient-dense foods and they have largely disappeared from the American diet.
  • Vitamin K2: Recent research indicates that the animal form of vitamin K is needed for numerous processes, not just the clotting factor in the blood. Vitamin K2 is needed for healthy bones, normal growth, freedom from tooth decay, proper neurological function, reproduction and protection against heart disease. The USDA Dietary Guidelines result in a diet largely devoid of vitamin K2, which is found in meat fats, organ meats, whole cheeses and butterfat.26
  • Zinc: A critical nutrient for reproduction and neurological function. The best sources are red meat and shellfish. Diets high in whole grains—recommended in the USDA Guidelines—tend to block absorption of zinc.
  • Vitamin B12: A critical nutrient for healthy blood, neurological function, protection against depression and other psychological disorders, and protection against heart disease, cancer, anemia and multiple sclerosis. Best sources are organ meats like liver and shellfish.

CONCLUSION

As formulated, the USDA Dietary Guidelines and Food Pyramid have resulted in widespread nutrient deficiencies and have had the effect of conferring official approval on very unhealthy processed foods containing trans fats, processed vegetable oils, refined carbohydrates and neuro-toxic additives such as MSG. These Guidelines have undermined the traditional healthy diets of the various populations that have immigrated to the United States, Most seriously, they have influenced the makeup of baby formula, allowing manufacturers to use vegetable oils and sucrose rather than the animal fats and lactose that mother’s milk provides.

The consequences of the flawed guidelines are extremely serious; we are already seeing the tragic effects in the current epidemic of chronic disease in adults and low birth weight, growth problems and learning disabilities in our children.

The Weston A. Price Foundation urges the committee to start over, scrap the unworkable food pyramid, abandon the strictures against saturated fats and cholesterol, and provide useful, science-based guidelines that will steer Americans towards a diet of nutrient-dense whole foods.

Prepared by Sally Fallon Morell, President
The Weston A. Price Foundation
Washington, DC
(202) 363-4394
www.westonaprice.org

REFERENCES

  1. Hudgins LC, Hellerstein M, Seidman C, Neese R, Diakun J, Hirsch J. Human fatty acid synthesis is stimulated by a eucaloric low fat, high carbohydrate diet. J Clin Invest. 1996;97(9):2081-91.
  2. United States Department of Agriculture. U.S. Food Supply – Food Supply Database. http://65.216.150.148/ifs/Query.htm. Accessed October 20, 2009.
  3. Holman RT. Autoxidation of fats and related substances. In: Progress in the chemistry of fats and other lipids. Academic Press, 1954; Dayton S, Pearce ML, Hashimoto S, Dixon WJ, Tomiyasu U. A Controlled Clinical Trial of a Diet High in Unsaturated Fat in Preventing Complications of Atherosclerosis. Circulation. 1969;40(1):Suppl2:1-63.; Mata P, Odabella V, Alonso R, Lahoz C, de Oya M, Badimon L. Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated n-6 Fatty Acid-Enriched Diets Modify LDL Oxidation and Decrease Human Coronary Smooth Muscle Cell DNA Synthesis. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 1997;17(10):2088-95.
  4. J J Kabara, The Pharmacological Effects of Lipids, J J Kabara, ed, The American Oil Chemists’ Society, Champaign, IL, 1978, 1-14; L A Cohen, et al, J Natl Cancer Inst, 1986, 77:43.
  5. B A Watkins and others. Importance of Vitamin E in Bone Formation and in Chrondrocyte Function. Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, AOCS Proceedings, 1996; B A Watkins, and M F Seifert. Food Lipids and Bone Health. Food Lipids and Health. R E McDonald and D B Min, eds, Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York, NY, p 101.
  6. J F Mead and others. Lipids: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Nutrition, Plenum Press, 1986, New York.
  7. A A Nanji and others. Gastroenterology, Aug 1995, 109(2):547-54; Y S Cha, and D S Sachan, J Am Coll Nutr, Aug 1994, 13(4):338-43.
  8. M L Garg and others. The FASEB Journal, 1988, 2:(4):A852; R M Oliart Ros and others. Meeting Abstracts, AOCS Proceedings, May 1998, p 7, Chicago, IL.
  9. L D Lawson and F Kummerow. B-Oxidation of the Coenzyme A Esters of Vaccenic, Elaidic and Petroselaidic Acids by Rat Heart Mitochondria. Lipids, 1979, 14:501-503.
  10. Busconi and Denker, Biochum J 1997;328:23.
  11. Goerke J. Pulmonary surfactant: functions and molecular composition. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1998;1408(2-3):79-89.
  12. Data compiled from European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics, 2005 Edition, www.heartstats.org/uploads/documents%5CPDF.pdf. (link is no longer available).
  13. Dreon, MD and others. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000 71:1611-1616).
  14. http://gupea.ub.gu.se/dspace/handle/2077/16984.
  15. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Volume 84, Number 6, Pages 1481-1488.
  16. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2005;159:543-550.
  17. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/06/060619133024.htm.
  18. Fernandez ML. Dietary cholesterol provided by eggs and plasma lipoproteins in healthy populations. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2006;9(1):8-12.
  19. http://cholesterol.about.com/od/statindrugs/a/statindruginter.htm.
  20. Jones, P J. Am J Clin Nutr, Aug 1997, 66(2):438-46; Julias, A D and others. J Nutr, Dec 1982, 112(12):2240-9.
  21. Cranton, E M, MD, and J P Frackelton, MD, Journal of Holistic Medicine, Spring/Summer 1984, 6-37.
  22. Engelberg, Hyman, Lancet, Mar 21, 1992, 339:727-728; Wood, W G, et al, Lipids, Mar 1999, 34(3):225-234.
  23. Alfin-Slater, R B, and L Aftergood, Lipids. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 6th ed, R S Goodhart and M E Shils, eds, Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia 1980, 134.
  24. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/27/AR2009042702677.html.
  25. http://www.westonaprice.org/basicnutrition/vitaminasaga.html.
  26. http://www.westonaprice.org/basicnutrition/vitamin-k2.html.
See Special Article in Nutrition Journal
http://nutritionjrnl.com/current

21 Responses to Comments on the USDA Dietary Guidelines

  1. Annie Dru says:

    Annie’s Secret Spot

    I teach Nourishing Traditions-style classes in San Diego, and whenever I share the information contained in this article, I just sit back and watch the jaws drop! Blessings on you Sally and WAPF for shining the light on the truth. I pray that soon it will be accepted as such by the larger community.

  2. Daisy G. says:

    My 9-yr old daughter was diagnosed with mild autism when she was 3 yrs old. Bec of my quest to provide good nutrition with her I followed the WESTON PRICE diet of raw milk, egg yolks, cod liver oil, bone broth 2 yrs ago and she is NOW THRIVING and nary is the autism detectable. THIS DIET IS HEALING HER and I wished I knew of this diet when I was pregnant with her.

  3. Andrea Stevens says:

    Truly awful I agree.

  4. Alane says:

    Unacceptable

    It is unconscionable that an agency like the USDA , who is committed to overseeing the health of americans, could be so wrong. It is totally unacceptable to me that these professionals and experts are propagating a health guideline that is a lie! I will be clicking on the get involved link next… Thank you for spreading the truth! Alane Maltese

  5. Karen Alfano says:

    I began eating the Nourishing Traditions way about 6 months ago or more, and I’ve never felt better in my whole life. I am able to think more clearly and have much more energy. Our poor children who have no access to this information! We need to spread the word more quickly. I feel blessed that I was able to educate myself at the age of 55. The healthiest years of my life have begun.

  6. tina rina says:

    The number falseities in the “scientific information” on this website is absolutley appalling. I have gone to the sources where many of your health claims come from and have found information that says the opposite of what WAPF reports.
    I am not disputing personal claims of health benefits from individuals, simply the accuracy of reporting information from research journals and taking it out of context to say something that suits the interests of the WAPF.
    Two examples from above: sources #12, #14

    Good fats have a place in the human diet, as you say we have been consuming whole animal fats for centuries. However, energy from fat sources should only comprise a portion of the diet. The Europan Report cited above claims exactly that, but the WAPF foundation claims that article supports the idea that increased intake of saturated fats is associated with improved health benefits. I am sorry but that is just false.

  7. Google Scholar junkie says:

    Ref. 12

    @ tina rina: You say “I have gone to the sources where many of your health claims come from and have found information that says the opposite of what WAPF reports”, and mention references 12 and 14. Reference 12 seems to check out, and 14 is hard to access. If you wish to make a criticism of this sort, I suggest that you point to and describe a clear contradiction between what is said here and what is said in the cited reference. That would be damning, and from what you say, it should be easy for you to do. What you have offered here is not persuasive.

    By the way, if you are shocked by the WAPF defense of saturated fats, I share your discomfort, but the highest-quality mainstream research literature (2009-2010 meta-analyses of controlled intervention trials) clearly refutes the conventional wisdom. I dug into it and I was surprised by what I found. Now I am instead surprised by the durability of the conventional wisdom.

  8. Lava says:

    Ketchum Up

    Last Sunday’s comics had a strip about this in Dennis The Menace. It showed George Wilson mad about the lack of fat in everything.
    The final frame actually shows the opposite of what the cartoon intended (but most readers won’t register that). The frame puts a pyramid around Mr. Wilson, calling attention to his figure.
    The reader is supposed to understand that the fatty-food eater is obese. But it really implies that Wilson eats according to the pyramid & is obese.

  9. Paul Mc says:

    I recently saw an episode of “leave it to beaver” and the egg man delivered 3 dozen eggs and said see you next week.That doesn’t include what the unhomogenized whole milkman left along with butter.No alergies,adhd,autism,etc.back then,if so,not very many.Paul

  10. Diana Goodavage says:

    Even when it comes to fruits and veggies, only WAPF points out that they should be local, organic, and free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The USDA doesn’t even mention that simple fact. (Well, why would they? They have too many friends in the conventional food industry.)

    Back in the early ’90’s, I used to be a vegan. I’m ashamed to say that I even was a vegan while pregnant for and breastfeeding my son. He’s now nineteen (19) and I really wish I’d known about WAPF back then.

    I happened to pick up a copy of _Nourishing Traditions_ at a health food store in 2008 (the year I turned sixty). The cover referred to the “diet dictocrats”.

    I was hungry a lot, but also out of money a lot. (I’m on a fixed income.) One of the main ways I could add calories to my diet for free — and thus stave off the hunger pangs — was to put a lot of cream in my coffee when I went to a coffee shop. But, I always worried about this, because of the conventional (lack of) “wisdom” — this high-fat cream is killing me, I thought. Didn’t like being hungry, either, though.

    My main reason for veganism was because of the factory farming, and the way the animals were treated. Also, because I didn’t think their meat would be healthy anyway — with all the antibiotics, etc.

    So, when I saw Sally’s mention of the “diet dictocrats” it really made me feel good. Yes, I thought. I get sick of hearing about how bad butter is. I have always loved butter and cream. I’m tired of being ashamed of that.

    As Marie Barone said on “Everybody Loves Raymond” — “Butter makes me happy.”

    I learned from _Nourishing Traditions_ about how to get locally-grown, green-grass fed meats and raw milk and butter from local farmers. I started eating and drinking that stuff as soon as I could get my hands on it. It’s wonderful. It tastes good, and it makes me feel great, too. Even though it’s technically more expensive, it’s still a very efficient and effective investment for the little money I do have. It’s more densely packed. I can tell that, right from the start.

    My dad was shop steward for the milkman’s union when I was growing up—-in the ’50’s. Some older folks in the neighborhood used to say, “You know, Bob, the milk they have now isn’t the same as it used to be right from the farm. It doesn’t taste the same, and I think pasteurization kills some good things in the milk. But, you can’t even get non-pasteurized milk anymore, like we used to get right from the cows on the farm.”

    He would tell me the folks were so old, they didn’t know any better. But, I always remained curious anyway. What were they talking about? It wasn’t just one person, but many older folks who said the same thing — and, they didn’t know each other.

    Some were neighbors. Some were older teachers. Some were friends of my grandma. Or, grandparents of my friends from school.

    I never tasted raw milk in my life until I was sixty years old. Now I know what they meant — and, they were right. Right before I started buying raw milk from a local farmer, I’d had a very nasty bout of pneumonia. I haven’t really been sick ever since, though.

    Tina Rina, you refer to “something that suits the interest of WAPF”. But, WAPF isn’t trying to sell anything, and WAPF has no political agenda, and WAPF isn’t running candidates. So, you are very much misled.

    Why not look at what suits the interest of the USDA and its friends in the food industry. And, how THEY take things out of context in order to make a profit.

    I think Google Scholar junkie is correct. What specifically about the citations is incorrect or misleading, according to Tina Rina. Please state your objections more precisely. Your statements are too general.

  11. George Mingin says:

    Living proof of the benefits of the WAPF diet guidlines

    I have an employee whose family converted to the WAPF diet guidlines 2 years ago. They had tried many other diets including vegetarian and no fat. The mother and daughter had poorly formed teeth and every 3 monthly visit to the dentist averaged 3-4 fillings each.
    The mother and daughter have had ZERO fillings for the past 18 months and the dentist now tells them they only need a 6 monthly checkup. In fact the daughter recently attended her schools dental van and the parents were rung by the dentist to congratulate them and to tell them that their daughter had the BEST teeth in the whole school.
    My own kids have many dental problems with my 11 year old son having an ankylosed (stuck) adult molar. We will be converting to the WAPF diet guidlines asap and will see how our kids teeth go.
    Thank you so much to the WAPF team for this critically important information and dedication to better health for all!!!

  12. Rick Freeman says:

    food group quantities

    In the context of your dietary framework (above and in regard to the four food groups), how do you determine how much of each food group a person should ingest in a day or meal?

  13. Mimi says:

    I substitute teach at the schools in our 2 neighboring towns. The other day I was witness to a woman coming into my classroom for a health talk with high school children. It was supposed to be on healthy alternatives to sugar. She works for a government agency. Her healthy alternatives turned out to be all the ‘fake’ sugars that are so popular in products marketed to dieters today. She whipped up some red colored drink and put this fake sugar in it and served it to the children. I asked her about stevia. She quickly replied that she didn’t like it so she didn’t present it as an alternative. I told her about some websites that could provide her with current, natural alternatives for eating healthy. Her reply was that if the information didn’t come from her employer’s websites she wasn’t allowed to disperse it. Interesting that she didn’t even want to read anything for her own information. So sad. I did provide the children with some of my own information after she left the classroom. They have a right to know. I even told the regular classroom teacher that the sugars the gal was talking about were not as healthy as she was claiming. She appeared interested.

  14. Drea Leah says:

    I’m from a family of ten children who were all raised on real food—domesticated and wild animals, vegetables,whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and mushrooms. What I have always known is that what goes into the air, water, soil, plants and animals is what comes out. WE knew what went into the food we ate because we were ones planting, cultivating and harvesting the plants and raising the animals. We weren’t purists and certainly ate too many processed foods to supplement our diet, but overall we ate far better than any of our friends who ate all store bought food. All of us are healthy except my parents who (after decades of raising their own food) began relying more heavily on store bought food. They adapted their diets to include more processed “food” such as margarine based on the suggestion of their conventional doctors. Now, they are dependent upon pharmaceuticals and are dealing with the adverse health effects from many years of following doctor’s orders. I strongly believe that if they had simply gone back to eating the way we were raised, they would be much healthier now and not inundated with pharmaceuticals that have left them cyclically dependent on the conventional medical system. Instead of treating the causes of their ill health, their doctors simply prescribe yet another variety of pharmaceutical poison–creating a toxic synergy that no one could possibly survive. I am an herbalist and teach part-time at the college level. I always include information about food sovereignty (the importance of not only knowing what we are eating but how it is produced, processed and transported. We have lost basic consumer rights to big agribusiness, the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and biotech industries. We have lost basic human rights by losing sight of and distancing ourselves from the process of food production, cultivation and harvest. What we don’t know hurts us!! GAIA help us!!!

  15. Anita L. Albright says:

    As a fool who fed and raised her children blindly following
    the FDA’s food pyramid, I now worry what fate the future holds for them?
    Our bodies need healthy beginnings, our bodies store and build from conception and through the developmental years for longevity. What is the future of this generation?

    I am 53 and at least had a good start in life. with eating foods that were for the most part wholesome. But, with each subsequent generation, they are starting life with nothing but toxic frankenfoods that will surely cripple/kill them with disease at earlier and earlier ages.

    The FDA should be “criminally charged” for poisoning us.

    After all, can I sprinkle a little arsenic in my aged mother’s soup everyday to slowly kill her? Hell no! I would go to jail for this? So, why aren’t they?

    But yet, they can do this everyday to all of us by allowing all kinds of chemicals that they have not bothered to test to go in our foods and allow ones that they know to cause cancer and all kinds of other illness the “green light”.

    Oh, and by the way… arsenic is on that approval list!
    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-blum-turkey-arsenic-20101124,0,1286658,print.story

  16. Harry Simpson says:

    Mr

    This is the only way to recover from most diseases. When people are unable to cope with butter they have liver damage, mostly from alcohol and high ethanol gradien very sweet and refined foods.

  17. S says:

    Be careful with saturated fats

    Sadly there is no concrete medical evidence to prove the positive statements being made about saturated fats with regard to this being applicable across the entire populace (ie the same for everyone). Saturated fats WILL raise cholesterol levels and raised levels are never a good thing. I knew someone with a very good level of 3.2 on a diet of fruit, veg, low fat meats like tuna etc. who changed to a “healthy”? including raw eggs, coconut oil etc. His levels shot to 5.2+ and it was obvious what caused it. Just be careful with saturated fats and check your levels with your doctor frequently. Also have a look at this article http://www.pcrm.org/DoctorsForum/090218/Review of MS Patient Survival on a Swank Low Saturated Fat Diet by Roy L. Swank, MD, PhD and James Goodwin, PhD.pdf

  18. Kris Johnson says:

    Response to S

    S made the comment:
    “Sadly there is no concrete medical evidence to prove the positive statements being made about saturated fats with regard to this being applicable across the entire populace (ie the same for everyone). Saturated fats WILL raise cholesterol levels and raised levels are never a good thing.”

    Saying that raised cholesterol levels are never a good thing shows a real misunderstanding of what cholesterol is all about, since cholesterol is an essential molecule in the body. Rising levels may indicate the body is working to correct an underlying problem, or in older folks they are often just protective. The link S provided to the Swank Diet does not work, but doing a search I find that the Swank diet is also very low in polyunsaturated fats, which is a better reason for its apparent effectiveness, since the common polyunsaturated fats in the grocery store are omega-6 fats which are pro-inflammatory and should be limited.
    People vary in their response to various levels of fat and carbs in their diet. Some may do well with more healthy carbs, but others will be far healthier when carbs are limited and traditional fats are more generous.

  19. Frances Bleuet says:

    Author/Researcher

    When my daughter was 25, she was diagnosed with stage IIIB of ovarian cancer. We were told that because of the type of ovarian cancer, that treatments would be aimed at extending her life, not a cure. I put together a nutrient dense healing diet for her which led to her tests coming back normal even before chemo began. The diet consisted mostly of liver, raw egg yolks, wheat germ and vegetables. My daughter is now a 31 year old cancer survivor. I was not aware of the Weston A Price Foundation at that time, but I am very pleased that all of the concepts that I followed to save my daughter’s life are supported by the foundations principles. My daughter is living proof.

  20. Elena Antimova says:

    I grew up in Bulgaria where my grandparents had the luxury of maintaining a small farm at their country house outside of the big city. I regularly drank raw sheep and goat milk as a child. I also remember grandma feeding me 1 runny boiled egg every afternoon at 4pm. This was my afternoon snack and the eggs were from our own hens. My grandparents grew their own vegetables so basically I grew up with organic produce. They also pickled vegetables for the winter-red peppers, cauliflower, carrots, pickles and lots of cabbage. In fact my grandfather always use to say that sourkraut had 10times more vitamin C than oranges. My grandma was a great cook and always prepared beef broth by letting it simmer overnight. She also cooked in lard which she prepared at home from owr own pig. My grandparrents cared for various animals-sheeps, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks which we ate not only the meat, but also their organ meat and all the fat. My grandpa had beehives and we never bought a drop of honey from the store. Whatever we didn’t have we purchased from our neighbors but rarely from the store.

    I did crave sweets as a kid and teenager but instead of the chocolate and candy bars from the store I often had a spoonful of honey or a homemade fruit preserve. As a teenager I remember my afternoon snack was 1 apple and a handful of raw walnuts. I’m happy to report that my whole family is very healthy and slim. Even my parents who are in their mid fifties now are not overweight. I’m in my late twenties right now, healthy and slim and looking back at the way I ate while growing up I cannot thank my parents and grandparents enough for ensuring i had a healthy and happy childhood.

    Sure enough when I moved to New York 10 years ago I noticed that the supermarket food here did not have any taste! Fruits and vegetables had bright colors, they were gigantic in size but had no taste. I also immediately noticed how overweight almost everybody was. Another thing that surprised me was that people visited several doctors for each of their disorders and went to see them quite frequently. Somehow going to the doctor was an established routine rather than an extraordinary event for when you didn’t feel well.

    It took me years to realize the truth behind commercially produced food and how closely diet and health are connected. Thank you Sally Fellon and WAPF for educating people about our food. I hope more Americans join and support the movement. I would gladly spend few extra hours in the kitchen than at the doctor’s office. I’ve been spreading the word about this ‘new’ diet and all my friends got interested because they’ve always been curious how I never gain weight and I never get sick.

    I refuse to support the food industry and I firmly believe that if more people bought their food from a farm things could change for the better. Say NO to animal abuse. Say NO to chemicals and toxins in your food. Say NO to genetically modified foods. Say NO to the FDA and USDA who have been legally poisoning you day after day. You have choices. Buy farm fresh and local. Start NOW. Your future children will thank you. I know mine will.

  21. Marta Tereshchenko says:

    Nutrition Counselor, MS Human Nutrition

    When anyone, including a medical authority, tells you that saturated fat is bad for you, unhealthy, or a disease promoting, ask first whether the fat is coming from the animals fed GMO soy and GMO Bt corn and GMO grass sprayed with glyphosate herbicide and Bt pesticide.

    In that case, the saturated fat is equally unhealthy as the plant-based unsaturated GMO soy-oil sold as Vegetable oil along with GMO tofu, the GMO chocolates made from GMO soy lecithin (fat), and GMO corn oil, or GMO corn chips and popcorn, or tortillas, or GMO Canola oil.

    So, if the animals are treated humanly without pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, the GMO-rBGH hormone injections, and GMO grains and grasses, then the fats from the animals would be the best food products to advise for human consumption.

    As to the essential polyunsaturated fats, I believe they are much healthier if obtained through consuming the original products used for oils extraction – that is eating raw nuts – almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and seeds – flax seeds milled, sunflower, sesame seeds and others, and wild small oily fish such as sardines, mackerel, or herring, all rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

    No matter how healthy could be your diet’s fat, your whole bread, your organic raw milk and cow butter – eat it in moderation. Eating too much of even the healthiest foods can overwork your body systems, thus, wearing them out prematurely. It can overload your body with oxidizing substances – free radicals, which may trigger abnormal changes in your body cells.

    Doctor Uffe Ravnskov, PhD, from Lund, Sweden, debunked the faulty myth about the devil of cholesterol by publishing his thorough, evidence-based scientific research on saturated fats in 2000 – “The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the fallacy that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease”

    This book is breathtaking, so you might recommend it to your doctor!

    It’s a useful education about the fats functions in our body and also on the falsehood or the sheer mistakes of some official medical studies and trials, which were considered as the basics by the FDA’s food-pyramid creators and advocates for their dietary recommendations.

Leave a reply

© 2013 The Weston A. Price Foundation for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts.