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New USDA Dietary Guidelines Good For Beef Industry, Says NCBA's Danielle Beck
Thu, 31 Dec 2020 08:57:13 CST
The new five-year USDA dietary guidelines have been released and Danielle Beck, senior director of government affairs for the National Cattlemenís Beef Association, said the beef industry came out looking good.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Danielle Beck
Beck has worked tirelessly over the past several years on making sure beef is included in the guidelines.
Our top priority has been to protect the scientific credibility of the dietary guidelines, she said.
The dietary guidelines serve as the cornerstone for all federal nutrition policies and programs and we know that science is on our side when it comes to the healthy role beef plays in our diets, Beck said.
There is a lot of room for growth when it comes to Americanís dietary choices but whatís really important is, we get back to the basics, Beck said.
The basics that matter include eating more fruits, vegetables and nutrient dense protein such as lean meat, Beck said.
Itís never too late or too early to focus on a healthy diet, she said.
A one size fits all advice is not practical for everyone, so you must take these recommendations and make them work for you personally, Beck said.
There really isnít a more nutrient dense food like beef, she said.
Overall, I think we fared very well in the process
Anti-ag animal activists attempted to hijack the process five years ago and Beck is pleased that didnít happen this time.
In 2015 there was a lot of conversation about not including beef in the diet but this time around the USDA has made sure there is a fair and balanced scientific approach, Beck said.
Every federal nutrition assistance program is centered around dietary guidelines and efforts like sustainability and meatless Mondays donít focus on nutritional benefits for Americans, Beck said.
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