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Will the 2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines start recommending a low carbohydrate diet as an option?

Beginning in the early 1980’s, following government advice, Americans began to eat more carbohydrate and cut back on fatty foods.

This massive change correlated with an explosion of twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Critics of these guidelines, such as journalists Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz, have argued that the widespread adoption of a low fat, high carb diet fueled this “diabesity” epidemic.

Nevertheless, the 3 promoted “Dietary Patterns” in the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines were all low fat, high carbohydrate.

There has been a small, but growing insurgency among a minority of doctors and nutritionists, who counsel alternative eating patterns, claiming they’re healthier than the official guidelines.

Will health authorities finally change their tune 40 years after getting behind a low fat, high carb diet?

A positive result would be the 2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines officially recommending as one of its dietary eating patterns (or some equivalent term) a diet composed of 30% or less calories from carbohydrates. The 30% figure can be per the guidelines themselves or analysis by another credible source of one of the recommended dietary patterns.


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