NCBA Weighs in on Dietary Guidelines Review

Beef is part of a healthy lifestyle, according to comments to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory committee from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The committee is tasked with reviewing the latest nutrition research to make science-based recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture on the food and beverages that promote a healthy, balanced diet. NCBA told the committee that an overwhelming body of scientific evidence shows healthy diets including red meat, like beef, support optimal health and well-being. Shalene McNeill, a registered dietitian at NCBA, says beef “is a high-quality protein powerhouse.” Calorie for calorie, NCBA says no other protein food delivers the same package of 10 essential nutrients. Today’s beef is leaner than ever before and Americans’ consumption of calories and fat from beef have declined. The committee held meetings this week to hear from the public. The process will continue through January of 2020. Following the process, HHS and USDA will issue the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.