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The Wall Street Journal this morning reports on the continuing battle over how many carbohydrates should be in the American diet, and specifically should be recommended in US government dietary guidelines.

An excerpt:

"Low-carb advocates believe the current guidelines - which recommend Americans get about half their calories from carbohydrates - are partly to blame for America’s high rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Lining up against them are supporters of plant-based diets, among others, who argue that low-carb diets often include too much saturated fat from meat and dairy products and neglect important sources of nutrients like fruit, certain vegetables and whole grains.

"During heated public hearings over the past 18 months, low-carb advocates pushed to include a low-carb diet option in the new dietary guidelines, which the government is expected to finalize in December. A federal advisory committee rejected that idea, saying evidence supporting that approach wasn’t conclusive. Now low-carb advocates have regrouped and are pushing the government to include a disclaimer with the final guidelines saying they are 'only for healthy Americans'  - marking them irrelevant for the majority of the country who are overweight or have diabetes or prediabetes."

You can read the story here.