Well, this is it. Every 5 years a revised healthy-eating food guideline is issued to help Americans eat better, stay healthier.

Released Jan. 7, 2016, it is already causing confusion.

I heard a radio talk show host saying we can go nuts now because cholesterol and carbohydrates suddenly no longer matter. WRONG. Those things still matter. Be far smarter than that radio talk show host. KNOW that everything you put into your mouth will affect how you look and how healthy you are for the rest of your life.

The new guidelines do not advise us to ignore cholesterol. Nor do practicing doctors.

The Institute of Medicine, along with a very special group of physicians who treat and cure plugged arteries, strokes, and heart disease continue to warn about the need to manage your external sources of cholesterol. THEY KNOW. They are the ones who best understand cardiovascular health and more; brain health, muscular health, and so on.

If cholesterol was to be limited and was dangerous when the previous guidelines warned us, up to December 31, 2015, it makes no sense whatsoever that suddenly, on January  7th, 2016, the science is all wrong and cholesterol can be ignored from 2016 onwards. Nonsense. Doctors who are curing artery and heart disease warn us to monitor our external cholesterol intake. The previous guidelines encouraged people not to exceed 300 mg. daily of cholesterol from external sources.

Nor does the new guidelines give us carte blanche to go hog wild ingesting and other refined carbohydrates. The new guidelines simply suggests that  compared  to  saturated fat, sugar is SLIGHTLY LESS evils. The chemistry and potential damage from sugar has not changed. Sugar is still a “REFINED CARBOHYDRATE”, also called a “simple” carbohydrate, “simple carbs”, and “simple sugar”.  JUICES are in that same category called “Simple/Refined Carbohydrates”. Avoid sugar and other refined carbohydrates. And, no. It’s not a better idea to substitute artificial sweeteners in place of sugar. Why substitute one long-term bad substance for the body with another long-term bad substance for the body? Read about the side effects of sugar and of artificial sweeteners when you want to know more. You can start with the book “Sugar Blues”. Learn to be CARBO SMART.

The guidelines do succeed in placing more emphasis on COMPLEX carbohydrates. What’s a complex carb?

COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES are among the healthy food choices:  vegetables, entire fresh fruits with the pulp intact, legumes, nuts, seeds, and soy.

If you are desperate to improve your health, or know someone who you love is, have them delve into the raging success of the following doctors whose practices even help to improve the health of their colleague DOCTORS who sometimes come to them as a last resort:

  • T. Collin Campbell, PhD.–I consider this guy the “father” of epidemiologic research in current medicine.
  • Neal Barnard, MD–curing type-2 diabetes, mental diseases such as Altzheimer’s.
  • John McDougall–he was willing to challenge the California legislature to force doctors to take a few more hours of nutrition education to be board certified.
  • Caldwell Esselstyn, MD–the doctor who warns how bad “ANY OIL!!” is to the inner linings of the arteries and how it turns your HDL into an enemy of your arteries and heart.
  • Hans Dehl, MD–busy fixing bad hearts and lecturing on how to avoid getting one.
  • Roy Swank, MD–proved that WHAT YOU EAT can also have an impact on MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS.

About “PROTEIN”.  The new dietary guidelines expand the definition of “Protein” to rightfully include non-face sources of protein. Protein now rightfully includes non-animal, non-dairy, and non-fish sources to include:  “…legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products.” Vegetarians are often asked the most popular question from meat, fish, and dairy eaters: “If you are a vegetarian, where will you get your protein?” Now vegetarians can say, “read the new food guidelines.”

And a last comment about your health…

YES.  Your entire body’s condition, including health, emotion, attitude, and energy,  really is about what goes into your stomach.

Note: I am not a doctor. Before you make any changes to diet, exercise, health, prescriptions or add or subtract any food or supplements, consult with your doctor who is qualified to diagnose, detect, treat, and prescribe.