Government Report Praises Plant-Based Food And Warns Against Meat
An official report that will be used to create the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has given prominence to plant-based foods, and warned against the dangers of eating meat.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) — which is made up of 20 experts — produced the report using the most up-to-date research on nutrition.
The committee has recommended that fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are essential components of a healthy diet, and that red and processed meat should be avoided.
“Plant-Based Food Groups Are Fundamental”
“A noteworthy difference from the 2015 Committee report is that whole grains are now identified with almost the same consistency as vegetables and fruits as beneficial for the outcomes examined,” states the report.
“These three plant-based food groups are fundamental constituents of a healthy dietary pattern.”
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The DGAC report recommends avoiding saturated fat from animal products, explaining that it is healthier to consume the unsaturated variety, which is largely found in plant-based foods.
The report highlights that eating red and processed meat can contribute to the onset of certain health conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. It also goes on to state that consuming these meats does not have any health benefits.
“The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee finally got it right by finding that plant-based foods are beneficial for every health condition,” said Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD, director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “and that red and processed meat are beneficial for none.”
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