NCBA's Danielle Beck Pleased With Progress On Updating USDA's Dietary Guidelines


Oklahoma Farm Report

19 Jun 2020


USDA’s dietary guidelines impact many parts of our daily lives and Danielle Beck, senior director of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Assoc, is closely watching the process of regularly updating those guidelines. This week she participated in a webinar with the current dietary advisory committee and provided this update for today’s Beef Buzz.


Beck said the USDA appoints a dietary guidelines advisory committee tasked with reviewing all the scientific evidence of what constitutes a healthy diet.


This is the cornerstone for all federal nutrition policy, Beck said.


The current committee has been in place almost a year and during this week’s webinar meeting red meat continued to receive strong support from committee members.


Overall, the preliminary conclusions shared during the webinar mirrored a lot of the recommended suggestions in the 2015 guidelines, Beck said.


Beck said we are looking at a much more truncated process this year than in 2015. This year they are looking at a shortened schedule with a larger committee but so far, the news is mostly positive.


There is strong support for meat as a foundational protein food for infants and young children from 6 to 24 months of age, Beck said.


The NCBA official noted the committee continues to recognize the need for Americans to eat more nutrient dense foods to achieve the nutrient needs within those calorie goals. Beef definitely meets the definition of nutrient dense foods.


One of the more positive things coming out of this week’s discussion is the need to distinguish the different types of red meat as well as what constitutes lean meat, Beck said...


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