Well, it looks like fat and cholesterol are getting the rehabilitation treatment like that of falsely accused prisoners who are found innocent after having spent years in jail. Can sodium be far behind (maybe not)? Or sugar?
If you want to know why millions are skeptical about official nutrition policy and resentful of how that policy is force-fed through the power of law and regulation, look no further than the admission in a draft report from the federal government's Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that avoiding dietary cholesterol should no longer be official nutrition policy. Now they tell us!
Turns out that Woody Allen's satiric take on healthy living in his 1973 movie "Sleeper" may not have been so satiric. In the movie, Allen's character wakes up 200 years in the future to find that everything he was told is wrong. Fat is good and wheat germ is bad. One doctor, hoping to calm the understandably flustered Allen character down, offers him a cigarette: "Smoke this and make sure you get the smoke deep down into your lungs," he says. "It's tobacco! It's one of the healthiest things for your body."
Well, we're not quite to that point yet but the way things are going, I'm not sure we won't be hearing one day soon that walking that mile for a Camel may be the best thing you can do for your health.
However, all this isn't so funny if you're one of the people who bought in to the feds' nutritional nagging and embraced the low-fat/low-cholesterol mantra sanctified by the original food pyramid, who substituted that healthful margerine for that awful butter and those high-carb-but-low-fat foods like pasta and bread for eggs, cheese and meat, and now find that it was all not just hooey but harmful hooey.
Of course, the natural response is that nutrition is an evolving science and there are still lots of things we don't know.
Exactly! Which is why it might not be a bad idea for the feds to cool it with nutritional pronouncements from the mount that may have to be reversed some day.
Just in case anyone is still listening...