2010 Dietary Guidelines published, role of meat affirmed

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, February 02, 2011

C. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasise the importance of consuming a balanced diet, eating less sodium and more nutrient dense foods.

Underscoring that that the Guidelines affirm the role that lean meat and poultry can play in a balanced diet, AMI Executive Vice President James H. Hodges said, meat and poultry products were some of the most nutrient dense foods available, were excellent sources of complete protein, iron and zinc and maintain an excellent nutrition per calorie ratio. Complete proteins provided all of the essential amino acids necessary for growth and good overall health, Hodges added.

2010 Dietary Guidelines

The guidelines include 23 key recommendations for the general public and six for specific groups like pregnant women. Key recommendations include:

  • Increase in vegetable and fruit intake
  • Increase whole grain consumption
  • Eat a variety of protein foods
  • Eat more fish
  • Replace protein foods higher in solid fats with choices that are lower in solid fats and calories and/or are sources of oil

It was noteworthy that the government’s previous recommendation that consumers eat five to seven ounces from the meat, poultry and beans group would remain unchanged, Hodges said. This made sense because the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s documents showed that the meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts group was the only group that was consumed in the recommended amount, the Vice President went on.

News reports seized on the Guidelines new recommendation to reduce daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) and further reduction to 1,500 mg for almost half of the U.S. population, including those 51 and older, and those of any age who are African American, have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

An analysis of the top 20 sodium contributing foods consumed by Americans showed that only three of these foods were meat products or food products that contained meat, Hodges said. Still, the meat industry was actively responding with efforts expand its low and reduced sodium offerings in an effort to meet different nutrition needs.

AMI is a member of the MyPyramid Partnership and will continue to voice support for the premise that a well-balanced diet, proper portion sizes and exercise are keys to overall good health and wellness.

To read the guidelines, go here.
To view AMI’s response, go here.
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