The Sugar Association, Salt Institute, and American Meat Institute all railed against the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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The food industry was not happy with the new dietary guidelines. Complaints rained in from the Sugar Association and the Salt Institute. Sugar reduction is evidently impractical, unrealistic, and not grounded in the body of evidence, according to the Chief Science Officer of The Sugar Association.
The Salt Institute's vice-president of science, said encouraging people to eat low salt foods would just make them eat excessively to make up for the lack of taste. And saving the lives of up to 92,000 Americans a year… is evidently a, “reflection of ideology than sound science.
The American Meat institute also predictably railed against the suggestion to moderate one’s consumption of meat.
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When the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign hosted a healthy kids contest asking students to prepare a recipe from one of three categories, whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, or dry beans and peas, The meat industry was outraged. After all, there wasn’t a category for meat.
Healthier diets, wrote one industry commentator, pose a hazard… to meat producers.
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For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Dietary Guideline Graphics: From the Food Pyramid to My Plate, Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM’s Power Plate, Uric Acid From Meat and Sugar, and Industry Influence on Dietary Guidelines