4 Major Reasons Why You Should Care About the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

Dietary guidelines are a set of government-recommended eating habits that are meant to help people enjoy healthy lives. The guidelines are updated every five years. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee met December 15, 2014 to discuss the 2015 guideline draft. The committee is scheduled to publish the final draft of the guidelines in early spring 2015.

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear from Nina Teicholz, investigative journalist and author of the best selling book, The Big Fat Surprise. In the book, Nina, formally a vegetarian, addresses the importance played by lean meat in a healthy diet. Based on the 2015 guideline draft, lean red meat has been completely deleted from the dietary recommendations. You may be wondering the exact implications the rearrangement of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines could have on you. Here are few examples of why this decision is such a big deal.

1. Ever since the beginning of the government- recommended Dietary Guidelines in 1980, obesity has increased  almost exponentially. The guidelines have always focused more on carbohydrate-dense foods such as pasta, cereals, and whole grains, suggesting 6-11 servings per day. In contrast, the daily recommended intake of vegetables is 3-5 servings per day and 2-3 daily servings of meat and protein.

Dietary Guidelines

2. Even though the Dietary Guidelines are “recommendations”, public schools often apply the guidelines to their lunch programs. Imagine this already sparse school lunch without meat. Do you think that would provide badly needed nutrients to a child whose only meals come from the school?

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Growing up, I lived in a very low socioeconomic community. I knew of several kids who solely depended on the school for all and any of the food they ate.

3. All fat does not make you fat. Our bodies depend on healthy fats to metabolize essential fat-soluble A, D, E and K vitamins.

  • Vitamin A: aids in eyesight
  • Vitamin D: helps build strong bones
  • Vitamin E: aids in the formation of red blood cells
  • Vitamin K: blood clotting agent

fat soluable vitamins

4. Like mentioned above, current diet recommendations focus more toward high-carb, low-protein eating patterns. Not only is it difficult for our bodies to receive needed fats to metabolize certain vitamins without meat, it also makes it incredibly challenging for our bodies to function without abundant amounts of protein needed to make such things as DNA, enzymes and hormones. Studies have shown that high-carb, low-fat diets make it especially difficulty for people, particularly middle-aged women, to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

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Because women’s metabolisms tend to slow as they age, our bodies struggle to break down the carbohydrates as efficiently, making it difficult to lose weight.

Remember: a single three ounce serving of beef provides an excellent source of protein, zinc, and vitamin B12! 






God bless, folks!


Kalyn McKibben

Blonde Beef Babe

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