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NAMI Submits Comments to DGAC Objecting the Removal of Lean Meat from Healthy Dietary Pattern

Monday, January 5, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

In comments submitted to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC or the Committee), NAMI expressed concern regarding the Committee's decision to remove lean meat from a healthy dietary pattern. NAMI's comments called the action "arbitrary and capricious," and said it "suggests that the DGAC fails to recognize the nutritional value lean meat offers and is ignoring the scientific evidence supporting its inclusion in the American diet."

NAMI also noted that Subcommittee 1 data from the DGAC November 7 meeting demonstrated strong and consistent evidence from a majority of randomized control trials that red and processed meats consumption is part of healthy dietary patterns. Specifically, NAMI underscored the higher rates of consumption of red and processed meats in the "gold standard" Mediterranean-style diet, compared to amounts recommended in USDA Food Patterns.

Furthermore, NAMI questioned the DGAC's focus on sustainability and presented evidence that contrasts with the Committee's view by highlighting findings that underscore the sustainability of processed meat and poultry products. NAMI encouraged USDA and HHS to include lean meat and poultry as a component of a healthy eating pattern.

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