Next wave of diet hysteria: Boys eat too much protein

Next wave of diet hysteria: Boys eat too much protein
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The New York Times has a vested interest in maintaining the narrative — not just in politics and popular culture, but in the current medical dogma as well. The Received Wisdom must be defended, even if it’s plainly wrong.

The latest wrong thing: the poisonous nature of dietary protein.

In a piece entitled “The Always Hungry Teenage Boy,” Perri Klass, MD reminds us that teenage boys have a big appetite during their “growth spurt,” but that they’re eating the wrong stuff. Protein is bad, and the little snots are just gobbling it up.

Citing the new USDA guidelines — the government’s suggested dietary standards that still recommend a diet low in fat and high in carbohydrates — the following gem was included:

Some individuals, especially teen boys and adult men, also need to reduce overall intake of protein foods by decreasing intakes of meats, poultry and eggs, and increasing amounts of vegetables or other underconsumed food groups.

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