Get Rid of the Government's Dietary Guidelines?

Get Rid of the Government's Dietary Guidelines?
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In 1894, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published its first dietary guidance. Chemist Wilbur Olin Atwater simply suggested diets based on based on protein, carbohydrate, fat and "mineral matter." He later wrote:

"Unless care is exercised in selecting food, a diet may result which is one-sided or badly balanced–that is, one in which either protein or fuel ingredients (carbohydrate and fat) are provided in excess...."

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