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Pork Praises new Dietary Guidelines

The new Dietary Guidelines, released by USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, promotes a healthy eating pattern. That includes lean meat protein. Last week, the USDA and HHS released the new dietary guidelines.

Adria Huseth is a registered dietician who manages Pork Checkoff nutrition research efforts.

“We’re actually quite happy with the guidelines. They are very supportive of shifting to healthier food and beverage choices which all of Americans need to do which is eating more fruits and vegetables including lean protein. Pork fits really well with these guidelines. The guidelines really enforce the importance of eating lean meat like pork because it is a nutrient dense food and it is not overly consumed by Americans on average.”

Huseth emphasizes pork is a nutrient-dense product that is part of a healthy diet.

“Pork is a very nutrient dense food and a 3oz serving of pork tenderloin offers an excellent source of vitamins. So what is great about pork is that it offers a variety so by eating a variety of lean pork cuts it does not affect saturated fat or total fat intake because it is a lean product,” Huseth says.

For more information, producers can contact the Pork Checkoff Service Center. Go to Pork-dot org or call 800-456-PORK. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines was informed by the recommendations of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which was composed of prestigious researchers in the fields of nutrition, health, and medicine, and by consideration of public and federal agency comments.