Created: 1/08/16 (Fri) | Topic: Education
Final dietary guidelines issues
Concerns that had been raised about USDA’s proposed dietary guidelines were addressed, according to American Farm Bureau and Congressman Kevin Cramer. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) report yesterday.
“We are pleased that the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments listened to our concerns and remained true to their mission of helping Americans achieve a well-balanced diet,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “The Advisory Committee’s original recommendations on sustainability were clearly outside the scope of public health and showed little understanding of the work farmers and ranchers do to protect the environment. USDA and HHS agreed in the end and published guidelines consistent with their focus on overall nutrition.”
The proposed guidelines did not include red meat consumption. Congressman Kevin Cramer was one of 70 House members who urged the HHS and USDA to make sure the guidelines were based on sound nutritional science and complied with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) passed by Congress.
“Thankfully the administration listened to reason and used science to develop the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines,” Cramer said. “North Dakotans understand the importance of red meat to a healthy lifestyle. I look forward to continuing to enjoy North Dakota raised beef at my family’s dinner table well into the future.”
Stallman said dairy and lean meats remain key sources of important nutrients in a healthy, balanced diet. “The recommendations for both dairy and protein were unchanged but include guidance in making well-balanced choices for a healthy lifestyle. These new guidelines give helpful direction while keeping some flexibility for the foods we all enjoy.”