Many agriculture groups praised the dietary guidelines released Thursday for following the science, as requested by the groups and Congress. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said “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.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said the guidelines reaffirm the role of lean beef in a healthy diet and confirm that Americans are, on average, consuming lean meat in daily amounts that are consistent with the recommendations for protein foods. In an emailed statement,
United Fresh said the guidelines “strongly recommends that all Americans significantly increase their consumption of vegetables and fruit to improve their health.” The guidelines were updated Thursday by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack The guidelines, according to USDA, encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases.
The guidelines suggest Americans should consume fruits grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, protein foods, including lean meats, poultry and eggs and oils such as corn, olive and peanut. The guidelines encourage less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars, less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats and less than 2,300 milligrams per day of sodium for people over the age of 14 years and less for those younger