A panel of government experts gets together and decides what is healthy to eat and what isn't. What could possibly go wrong?
Starting in the late 1980s, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General took the lead in waging the federal government's war on dietary fat. This led to years of recommendations and public information campaigns that, among other things, demonized animal protein sources (that often come along with a significant amount of fat) and steered Americans towards consumption of lots of low-fat carbohydrates instead—the base of the pyramid. Many Americas will remember the 1990s as the golden age of carbs.