We have been told by mainstream society from a young age that cereal is a heart-healthy option that should replace cholesterol-ridden eggs. Public health organizations have also convinced us that the saturated fat found in butter and meat will cause heart disease. More and more research is being released each day that reveals how much we have been lied to by the very experts who we are told to trust implicitly. A 2022 paper shows even more evidence of how junk food corporations pay off committee members to lie about what constitutes a healthy diet.
95% of Committee Members Who Shape Dietary Guidelines Have a Conflict of Interest with Junk Food Companies and Big Pharma
The food pyramid tells us to eat 7-11 servings of grains every day, such as whole-grain bread, oatmeal, cereal, etc. However, these grains are highly processed foods, which are proven to be associated with increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease, as well as early mortality. Alzheimer's disease affects more than 5 million Americans and the Amyloid Hypothesis, which suggested that excessive amounts of plaque build-up in the brain causes the neurological condition, was proven to be fraudulent.
Even though processed foods have been proven to correlate with Alzheimer's disease, public health organizations still claim that eating 7-11 servings of processed grains will improve people's health. Roughly 60% of the food Americans eat are ultra-processed; it's no wonder so many people suffer from obesity, diabetes, and neurological disorders. "Well, if you don't want dementia or an early death, then throw the Food Pyramid in the trash and understand that there are very powerful forces working to mislead you on food and health education," Twitter user @FrankAFetter tweeted.
A 2022 paper outlined how junk food corporations significantly influenced the U.S. 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, resulting in recommendations for large amounts of processed foods such as grains. The objective of the research was to "measure incidence of conflicts of interest (COI) with food and pharmaceutical industry actors on the advisory committee for the 2020- 2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and assess the adequacy of current mechanisms to disclose and manage COI among the committee's members."
The analysis found that 95% of the committee members had conflicts of interest with Big Pharma and junk food corporations such as Abbott, Kraft, General Mills, Kellogg, Dannon, and more. "Research funding and membership of an advisory/executive board jointly accounted for more than 60% of the total number of COI documented," the paper said.
Dietary guidelines should be created from a science-based process. “Be evidence-based, but not evidence-bound," author and nutrition expert Max Lugavere said. Sadly, the committee for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans shows "significant and widespread COI" that takes away all transparency and makes the entire committee be evidence-bound rather than evidence-based.
It's concerning at best that such important committees could be paid off by major junk-food corporations to lie about health and nutrition, especially considering the state of health in our country. Nearly half of Americans are obese and 70% are overweight. Now more than ever we need experts who are honest and have our best interests in mind, rather than bound to money-hungry companies that don't care at all about our wellbeing.