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Dietary Guidelines Affirm Role Of Meat And Poultry In A Healthy Balanced Diet

The American Meat Institute (AMI) says that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans affirm that meat and poultry products are important components of a balanced, healthy diet.

“It is noteworthy that the government’s previous recommendation that consumers eat 5-7 oz. from the meat, poultry and beans group will remain unchanged. This makes sense because the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s documents show that the meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts group is the only group that is consumed in the recommended amount,” says AMI Executive Vice President James H. Hodges, who also serves as president of the American Meat Institute Foundation.

“While some people are under the impression that Americans over-consume meat and poultry products, the most recent nutrition data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) show that on average, men consume 6.9 oz. of meat and poultry/day and women consume 4.4 oz.,” Hodges says.

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