As a conscious consumer who takes control of your health, you may give little thought, much less weight, to the federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Maybe it’s time you did. Maybe it’s time we all do.
The dietary guidelines handed down by the federal government dictate how hundreds of millions of your tax dollars are allocated for nutrition programs that serve vulnerable children, seniors and veterans—the very people whose poor health increased their risk of getting, or dying from, COVID-19.
Every five years, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) hand down an updated version of the federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
And every five years, Big Food and Big Pharma lobbyists line up to try to influence those guidelines—either directly, or indirectly through groups pretending to look out for you.
One of those “influencers” is the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). For years, CSPI cozied up to Monsanto and the biotech industry. Now the so-called “public interest” group is attacking the natural health industry for trying to keep people healthy during the pandemic.
We had a public health crisis before the pandemic hit. A crisis caused in large part by poor diets peddled by Big Food lobbyists and promoted by their friends in Congress. A crisis that resulted in the U.S. racking up nearly 25 percent of all COVID-19 related deaths, despite accounting for only about 4 percent of the global population.
If ever we needed dietary guidelines based on the latest, most rigorous science, and solid advice on natural health, that time would be now. Five years from now might be too late.