New dietary guidelines draw mixed reactions

More than 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese and the new dietary guidelines look to combat the issue.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s final scientific report focuses on fighting cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. To improve dietary health, the group recommends eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean meat. The report says one should shift away from saturated fats, processed meats, and sugary drinks.

Ag groups are reacting to the report, which sets the stage for every federally regulated nutrition program. The American Dairy Coalition opposes language pushing for low-fat milk. They say that the DGA continues to set caps on saturated fats, effectively banning whole milk from daycares and school nutrition programs.

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association says that the committee should have done more research on low-carbohydrate diets and how lean meat contributes to a healthy diet.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says, “Cattle and beef producers appreciate the evidence-based recommendations of the DGAC. We believe beef is a wholesome, nutritious food that plays an important role in a healthy diet and we are supportive of many of the committee’s findings.”