Affirms Dairy’s Place in Healthy Foods Category with Fruits, Veggies, Legumes, Whole Grains
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) released the following statement today in response to the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) final scientific report:
“USDA and HHS will use the DGAC’s final scientific report to write the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans—recommendations for Americans’ eating habits that inform standards for federal nutrition programs and dietary messaging.
“The U.S. dairy industry is pleased to see that the science has once again affirmed the unmatched health and nutrition benefits that dairy products provide to people of all ages. The DGAC scientific report highlighted new evidence strengthening dairy’s role in reducing risk of hip fracture for adults. The experts also for the first time provided new clarity for families with
“Once again, the committee found no linkage between consumption of dairy foods and incidences of breast cancer, which should put an end to a longstanding disinformation campaign to alarm and confuse the public. For mothers, the committee dispelled misinformation about dairy’s link to asthma, saying there is no association between a mother’s consumption of dairy and the development of asthma in children.”
“The conclusions offered today by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee firmly establish dairy as one of the most nutritionally beneficial foods in dietary patterns alongside fruits and vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. IDFA is pleased to see federal nutrition guidance continue to affirm the important nutritional contributions made by dairy foods and remind Americans that a healthy diet includes three daily servings of dairy.”