WASHINGTON, DC — January 7, 2016 — Meat and poultry can play an important role in a healthy, balanced diet according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) praised the government’s affirmation of meat and poultry nutrition.
“Meat and poultry products are among the most nutrient dense foods available. They are rich sources of complete protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins, and many peer reviewed studies show the contributions they make to healthy diets and the potential deficiencies that can occur when people exclude animal proteins,” said Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter. “The Dietary Guidelines confirm that a variety of dietary patterns can be followed to achieve a healthy eating pattern. Consumers who choose to eat meat and poultry, as 95 percent of Americans do, can continue to enjoy our products as they have in the past.”
Following an extensive review and comment period for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, NAMI expressed appreciation to USDA Secretary Vilsack and HHS Secretary Burwell for providing a science-based approach to healthy eating for the diverse American population.
“It is clear the agencies took great care in reviewing the science as well as comments on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report to develop a common sense policy document that all Americans can use to help them make healthy food choices,” said Carpenter.
For more information on meat and poultry nutrition, visit www.meatpoultrynutrition.org.