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Oklahoma Cattlemen Tell USDA and HHS as They Formulate Dietary Guidelines that Beef is an Unique Dense Source of Key Nutrients

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:19:48 CDT

Oklahoma Cattlemen Tell USDA and HHS as They Formulate Dietary Guidelines that Beef is an Unique Dense Source of Key Nutrients

Like many livestock and meat industry groups, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association submitted comments to the USDA and the HHS regrading the report from the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. According to Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the OCA, OCA emphasized three key points in our comments.

1. Beef is a unique dense source of key nutrients needed at all life stages, including early year physical development. Beef is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B-12, zinc, selenium, niacin and vitamin B-6. Additionally, beef is a good source for the nutrients phosphorus, riboflavin, iron and choline.
2. The dietary guidelines should avoid considerations that fall outside the nutrient scope such as sustainability of food supply and, in the case of animal proteins, management practices. Most of these considerations are championed by entities such as animal rights groups and environmental groups with no real interest in overall nutrition quality but rather their own agendas to eliminate specific foods.
3. It is important to recognize the nutrient power of beef as compared to other protein sources. Beef is naturally nutrient dense fitting very well into reasonable calorie oriented diet considerations for all Americans.

Kelsey adds that OCA is committed to sharing and defending beef’s role in a balanced and nutiritious diet.

To read their complete comments- click on the PDF link below.



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