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Physician and Rancher Commends 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Reaffirming Role of Lean Beef

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:31:29 CST

Physician and Rancher Commends 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Reaffirming Role of Lean Beef

Dr. Richard Thorpe is a physician and Texas cattle producer. He is very pleased with the outcome of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A year ago, he had concerns that there might not be a recommendation for lean meats in the dietary guidelines. He’s very satisfied to see that lean meat was included in the new dietary guidelines.

“We really want to commend both Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Burwell for looking at the latest nutritional evidence,” Thorpe said. “There was a lot of scientific research that was left out of that first draft, that was not available to the scientists on that committee and as a result of that beef was left out. But, they allowed the most recent and latest research to be placed in their consideration and with this it’s been a total turnaround.   It has reaffirmed the role of lean beef in a healthy diet, so we’re really excited.”

The advisory committee wanted to include sustainability as one of the criteria for protein to receive consideration in the dietary guidelines. Thorpe said that’s really not relevant and this wasn’t the right platform to discuss sustainability. He said the committee was made of nutritional scientists that weren’t equipped to address sustainability. NCBA and other groups laid down their cases and sustainability was removed for consideration.

In looking at the new dietary guidelines, one key phrase used is “healthy eating patterns”. The recommendations include lean meat in those eating patterns.

Click here for the complete report entitled Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020.

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