Defending the Credibility of Dietary Guidelines
Every five years, the federal government updates the Dietary Guidelines to provide Americans with updated nutritional advice that is based on sound science. During the process, it is critical to protect the scientific credibility of Dietary Guidelines and promote accurate information about the nutritional advantages of beef as part of a balanced diet.
What's at Steak?
In July 2020, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released their scientific report, which represents an objective assessment of the latest available science on specific nutrition topics and is designed to inform the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as they develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Since 1980, new DGAs are published every five years, and as the cornerstone of all federal nutrition policy, influence policy makers, health professionals, and federal nutrition programs alike.
Even though the 2020 guidelines are generally balanced and evidence-based, there were missed opportunities to further reinforce beef’s role in healthy diets and NCBA was proactive in launching a campaign to drive producer comments on the scientific report. Thanks to widespread grassroots support from cattle producers across the country, this was one of NCBA’s most successful comment campaigns ever. Over 700 producers submitted letters to help DGAC recognize where they can improve their work, when they release the Dietary Guidelines for 2020-2025. Stay tuned for more to come this winter as the Dietary Guidelines are finalized.
* August 12, 2020 - Beltway Beef Podcast: Kiah Twisselman and Danielle Beck on Dietary Guidelines
* July 22, 2020 - NCBA Kicks Off Campaign to Generate Dietary Guidelines Comments
* June 19, 2020 - Beltway Beef Podcast: Danielle Beck Discusses Dietary Guidelines