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Dietary Guidelines: Corporate Guidance

Nearly 2,000 comments were submitted to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Watch what the Sugar Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the chewing gum company Wrigley’s had to say.

October 20, 2011 |
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Sources Cited

All written public comments submitted and posted on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 process as well as the written comments posted on the Advisory Committee Report can be found at http://bit.ly/publicdietarycomments. Let me know if you find any other doozies.

Acknowledgements

Image thanks to {Charlotte.Morrall}.

Transcript

As our federal government ramped up to release the new dietary guidelines they solicited comments, which they posted online. You can read all 19 hundred yourself at bit.ly/publicdietarycomments.

There were all the usual suspects. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association felt that beef’s important role in the diet was often underappreciated. That’s funny, that’s exactly what the President and CEO of the sugar association said, Sugar’s important role in a healthy diet. adding “There is no scientifically verifiable negative health impact ascribable to sugar intake. What? not even for like dental health—it’s all the doing of some evil cavity fairy? Unbelievable.

Wrigley’s was on the same page as the Cattlemen, complaining Americans don’t chew enough gum, a "beneficial part of a healthful diet." Really? Gum? Hey, you have to chew it, they remind the committee—that's exercise. Chewing gum expends 11 calories per hour, they note, and Americans could use all the help they can get…

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Peter Mellor.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out Nation's Diet in Crisis and all the videos on dietary guidelines. And don't forget, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board accused of making illegally deceptive claimsPlant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Uric Acid From Meat and Sugar

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out Nation’s Diet in Crisis and all the videos on dietary guidelines. And don’t forget, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/BenjaminStone/ Benjamin Stone

    Wrigley’s comments had me in stitches. Great catch!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/ks391262/ ks391262

    I find this one pretty unbelievable, by Emeritus Professor of Animal and Food Science at Penn State. He says:

    “Efficient use of resources is one of the most important factors contributing to sustainability, and
    U.S. cattle farmers and ranchers represent a model that uses fewer natural resources to produce a
    more affordable and abundant food supply for a growing planet…Additionally, all beef cattle raised in the United States spend the majority of their lives grazing on
    pasture, and no other major animal protein can match cattle’s unique ability to convert wild grasses
    and other plants into nutrient‐dense food.”

    • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/drdons/ DrDons

      You would think that an emeritus professor would have more time to keep up with the literature and explore other areas that s/he is not familiar with. Unfortunately old beliefs die hard and “confirmatory bias” is a powerful influence.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/ks391262/ ks391262

    From the National Chicken Council:

    “NCC also recommends a re-examination of the call for “plant-based diets”. As defined and modeled in the DGAC Report, the definition does not exclude animal products such as poultry, red meat, milk, and eggs. However, to the casual consumer with limited time to devote to understanding the science of “plant-based diets,” the phrase may create the impression that the federal government is telling him or her to be a vegetarian and not eat animal protein.”

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/hcdr/ hcdr

    wow… really unbelievable!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my associated blog post Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Accused of Making Illegally Deceptive Claims!

  • rome

    The meat industry has started supplementing cattle feed with methionine to increase quick growing lean meat also same with chicken.

  • Susan

    Ever wonder why pets are getting the same cancers that people get?

    That is the reason corporations continue to lie about the crap they make for us to buy. I guess it’s time to return to the farm in a country not contaminated with herbicides and GMO’s to grow our own food and feed our own animals.

    Is there such a place?

    We cannot trust either government or corporations. We can only trust our own common sense.