Washington, D.C. -- Meat and poultry continue to be important components of a balanced, healthy diet, according to Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, released today by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman. The guidelines, now in their sixth edition, stand by earlier recommendations for consumers to include meat and poultry in their daily diets and to make choices that are “lean, low-fat or fat-free.”
This edition of the
Guidelines places stronger emphasis on reducing
calorie consumption and increasing physical
activity than previous editions. "As the
government stresses the importance of reduced
caloric intake and smart eating through
consumption of a variety of nutrient-dense
foods, the role of vitamin packed protein
sources in a balanced diet becomes critical,"
noted Dr. Randall Huffman, Vice President of
Scientific Affairs at the American Meat
Institute Foundation. "Excellent nutrient
dense protein sources, such as meat and
poultry, offer essential vitamins and minerals
and quick satiety, which is a vital part of any
diet on track," he said.
praised the new dietary guidelines as a
scientifically based, big picture view of the
total diet. "Consumers are urged to pay close
attention to these guidelines and to use a
healthy serving of skepticism when considering
the ‘nutrition study’ of the week," he
said. "If we adhered to even a portion of the
advice that comes from every ‘bad food’
headline, we’d be cleaning out our pantries
on a weekly basis," he said. "Americans
should continue to shun the good-food vs.
bad-food advice frequently espoused by special
interest groups and focus on adhering to the
advice contained in these dietary guidelines."
The Dietary Guidelines
is a joint project of both federal departments
and is the latest review of federal guidelines
required by law every five years. The
guidelines offer the best science-based
information available to help Americans eat
right and live longer, healthier lives. For
information about the nutritional value of meat
and poultry, take a look at
recommendations will help consumers make
informed choices about food selections from
every food group, getting the most nutrition
out of calories consumed and including exercise
as a key component to a healthy lifestyle.
"These recommendations highlight the long
standing body of science that says in very
clear terms that the key to a healthy lifestyle
is a balanced diet that includes each of the
key food groups, coupled with daily exercise,"
said Dr. Alice L. Johnson, president, National
The report also
mentions the importance of food safety, and
safe food handling, as key to staying healthy.
Recommendations include keeping foods separate
to avoid cross contamination, cooking foods to
safe temperatures before eating, and tips on
handling meat and poultry. For more
information on safe food handling, look at
"These guidelines remind
consumers that a significant part of the food
safety battle takes place at the grocery store
when the food is purchased, and at the home,
when the food is prepared," said Johnson.
"Food handling and preparation are certainly
one of the most important tasks performed in
any household, and deserve your full
attention," she added.
New Dietary Guidelines Stand By Importance of Meat and Poultry in DietWednesday, January 12, 2005
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