3/20/14 Food Police

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[Soup Nazi: You want bread?.
George Costanza: Yes, please.
Soup Nazi: Three dollars!
George Costanza: What?
Soup Nazi: No soup for you!]

Jerry Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” has come to life.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee makes diet recommendations for Americans to follow.

“Recommendations” is a misleading word.  The guidelines are used to dictate meal plans for the military, federal prisons, government agencies and public schools.  In determining welfare, food stamps, nutrition assistance benefits, and the list goes on.

Twenty years ago, the committee introduced the food pyramid.  It had fish, meat, vegetables and nuts – rich in healthy proteins – near the top.  Meaning Americans should eat less of them.

The bottom was loaded up with weight-inducing carbohydrates such as bread, cereal, rice and pasta.  Eat more of those and you pack on the pounds.  But it made politicians from the grain-producing states very happy.

Dietitians and nutritionists hated the food pyramid. After it was introduced – in 1992 – was when the obesity epidemic exploded.

The committee will introduce new guidelines next year.  Now their focus is on “food sustainability.” “health of the planet.”  And an “ecologically responsible diet.” Environmental activists are shaping diet recommendations.

These green policies lead to exorbitant increases in federal spending in determining food allowances for the military, school lunch programs, food stamp benefits, and so on.

Food nutrition is taking a back seat to environmentalism and green policy lobbyists.

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