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The Wall Street Journal reports that a panel of nutrition experts recruited by the Obama administration to update federal recommendations and guidelines for a healthy diet, said Thursday that the environmental and sustainability issues should be a factor in making eating decisions.

That means "endorsing a diet that includes limited amounts of meat and more plant-based foods, while also encouraging the consumption of seafood whose stocks aren’t threatened," the Journal writes.

Also, as expected, the panel said that "dietary cholesterol was no longer a big concern: It scrapped guidance that Americans limit their cholesterol intake to no more than 300 milligrams a day—less than that found in a couple of eggs."

The story notes that "with obesity rates high, it is unclear how much of an impact the guidelines have on the country’s eating habits. But they do influence billions of dollars of spending on government food programs, including the school lunch standards and the Defense Department’s menu guidelines." And there remains much suspicion about the panel's motives on the part of the meat industry, which often accused of being environmentally unfriendly.

According to the story, "The meat industry believes the panel, which has been meeting for well over a year, is pursuing a broader anti-meat agenda, even though it doesn’t recommend specific daily reductions in meat or poultry consumption.
KC's View:
The idea that people should eat more plants and less meat hardly strikes me as revolutionary or shocking ... this seems to be the same advice that most nutritionists have been giving to people for decades.

Now, if the panel had suggested that beer, ice cream and bread pudding were the keys to a healthy diet, that would've been front page news.