The Standard American Diet that the government has devised for us to follow is not a healthy diet and is contributing to a lot of the healthcare costs. The USDA should not be deciding what we should be eating because they have too many financial ties to the food industry. They made us believe that the only good sources of protein and calcium come from animal products. Yet, it is these animal products, along with sugar and highly processed foods, that is causing the heart disease, diabetes, many cancers, and autoimmune diseases. Americans only get 12% of their calories from plant foods and about half of that is from french fries. Highly educated nutritionists with no ties to the food industry should be suggesting what Americans eat.