The U.S. Dietary Guidelines were born of good intentions. They were created to make Americans healthier.
The guidelines, however, were not inscribed on stone tablets and handed to mankind. Instead, they are the result of a bureaucratic process and, as such, are susceptible to dubious conclusions and adverse influence by activist groups.
In 2015, journalist Nina Teicholz conducted an investigation, published in BMJ, that criticized the dietary guidelines for being based on "weak scientific standards" and "vulnerable to internal bias as well as outside agendas."
For instance, the guidelines recommend against saturated fat, which is commonly believed to cause cardiovascular disease. But...