I came across this article on Men’s Health: The 3 Things the Government Got Wrong in the New Dietary Guidelines

  • Sodium isn’t Evil
  • Neither is Saturated Fat
  • You’re not eating too much protein

Their comments are interesting – if not things we already know.  Here’s the bottom line on Salt.

That said, it’s been known for the past 20+ years that people with high blood pressure who don’t want to lower their salt intake can simply consume more potassium-containing foods.

Why? Because it’s really the balance of the two minerals that matters.

In fact, Dutch researchers determined that a low potassium intake has the same impact on your blood pressure as high salt consumption does.

And it turns out, the average guy consumes 3,100 mg of potassium a day—1,600 mg less than recommended.

If you are eating a Very Low Carb, High Fat diet, you already know that Dietary Fats are not the enemy. But – What about Saturated Fats?

A 2010 review of 21 studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found no conclusive evidence that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, or cardiovascular disease.

According to a review in the European Journal of Nutrition, a diet high in fat from dairy products such as butter may even raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol while having no effect on levels of potentially harmful LDL (bad) cholesterol.

For me, the more interesting report was about Protein. The issue of just how much is enough or too much has been battered around this Blog for ages. There seems to be no one right answer, but – note the following:

Protein Chart

And no, that extra protein won’t wreck your kidneys: “Taking in more than the recommended dose won’t confer more benefit. It won’t hurt you, but you’ll just burn it off as extra energy,” Dr. Tarnopolsky says.

We already know that a significant portion of amino acids in that steak will be converted to glucose and stored as glycogen. If you are not a “Highly Trained Athlete” – then keeping your Protein consumption closer to 100 grams is probably the better way to go – particularly if you want to be in Ketosis.

This chart gives us a different view point on those “expensive” Protein Shakes sold at most Gyms.