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Their argument is similar to the various diets which have been recommended forever. The named diet that has had the most long-term success for clients keeping weight off is Weight Watcher. This is for the same reason the dietitians are making, there are no eliminated/forbidden foods, and the purpose of the program is to teach the dieter to make responsible choices.
Think also how long eggs have been denigrated as bad for you because of their cholesterol content? That began in the 60's-70's and yet the preponderance of the research over the last 30 years does not confirm that the cholesterol in eggs has any affect on raising cholesterol, nor does the popular press explain the potential benefits of all the nutrients in the yolk that also come with the cholesterol, the quality of the protein in the white, and the cost factor of reasonably priced healthy foods.
If health was returned to the school curriculum with content presented every year the student is in school we could be educating the students to be wise consumers and we wouldn't have to worry about what marketing campaign the junk food manufacturers create.
Then there is also the battle for how to designate what will be considered junk. In the state of Washington where there are lots of wheat farmers, their lobby was able to convince the legislators to say that any "candy" that had wheat in it could not be designated as junk - thus Reese's cups and pieces are junk, but Reese's bars that have a cookie as part of the product is not. Give me a break.
It is impossible to legislate behavior, haven't we figured that out by now???? Thank you dietitians for being reasonable.
Posted by Wendy Repovich11 February 2013 | 19h40
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