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    Dietary Guidelines Is it any wonder that America s obesity epidemic continues to expand? Is it any wonder that heart disease, diabetes, asthma, diabetes,
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      Dietary Guidelines

      Is it any wonder that America's obesity
      epidemic continues to expand?

      Is it any wonder that heart disease, diabetes,
      asthma, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis rates
      continue to soar?

      It's been ten years since I testified before the
      United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
      Dietary Guidelines Committee. This is the U.S
      government group which constructs America's
      famed "Food Pyramid."

      On that day, twenty-seven persons testified.
      Representatives from a cross-section of America
      symbolized the types of pressure and influence
      which ultimately guide government decisions.

      Note that 11 of the 27 comments (40%) endorse
      the consumption of sugar for good health and
      oppose limiting sugar intake.

      Here are the best comments from each of the
      27 presenters:

      1) SALT INSTITUTE - Dick Hanneman "We're very
      disappointed to have to oppose the dietary
      guidelines."

      2) SUGAR ASSOCIATION - Richard Keelor "All recent
      reviews of the scientific literature...have once
      again exonerated sugars from having any direct
      link to chronic disease including obesity."

      3) DAIRY EDUCATION BOARD - Robert Cohen
      (My transcript in tomorrow's Notmilk Letter.

      4) PHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE -
      Neal Barnard "There is no scientific reason to
      insist on the inclusion of cow's milk in
      anyone's diet."

      5) NATIONAL FOOD PROCESSORS - Regina Hildwine "The
      modification of the main message recommending a diet
      low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate
      in total fat is well supported by recent scientific
      evidence."

      6) NATIONAL CONFECTIONERS ASSOCIATION - Larry Graham
      "There is little evidence that diets high in total
      sugars are associated with obesity...Candy adds to
      the pleasure of life. Candy consumed in moderation
      can be a part of an active and healthy lifestyle."

      7) PRODUCE FOUNDATION - Elizabeth Pivonka "Fruits
      and vegetables are the rare exception to the less
      is more rule. In the case of fruits and vegetables,
      the more is better."

      8) HUMAN NUTRITION INSTITUTE - Suzie Harris "Given
      that dental caries in the United States is declining,
      one cannot conclude a more restrictive sugar message
      is warranted... Children like to drink flavored milks
      and eat flavored yogurts..."

      9) PRODUCE MARKETING ASSOCIATION - Kathy Means "Your
      advice to make fruits, vegetables and greens the
      foundation for healthy living bears repetition,
      because Americans are not eating enough fresh fruits
      and vegetables."

      10) NATIONAL SOFT DRINK FOUNDATION - Richard Adamson
      "At four calories per gram, the same caloric density
      as protein and other carbohydrates, why would sugars
      be lampooned for their contribution to obesity as if
      there were some unique property to sugars not shared
      by other macronutrients?"

      11) CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN PUBLIC INTEREST - Michael
      Jacobson "Drink your soda pop, eat your candy as your
      previous speakers have emphasized, but limit yourself."

      12) NATIONAL DAIRY COUNCIL - Suzanne Craig "Calcium-
      fortified foods from other food groups should not be
      included in the milk, yogurt and cheese group."

      13) UNITED FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE ASSN. - Donna
      Dennis "Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in
      fat and calories and provide essential vitamins
      and minerals, fiber and other substances important
      for good health."

      14) SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER - Barbara Levine
      "Americans are not drinking enough water. Water,
      just simple water, is the best choice for proper
      hydration."

      15) INTERNATIONAL FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL - Dave
      Schmidt "Is there adequate science to justify a
      shift from moderate sugars to limit sugars with
      respect to nutrient adequacy or chronic disease?"

      16) NATIONAL FLUID MILK PROCESSORS - Natalie Webb
      "One group in particular has been attacking dairy
      products as inappropriate for minorities. We urge
      USDA and HHS not to be swayed by this unscientific,
      sensational, and very harmful information."

      17) NORTH AMERICAN MILLERS ASSOC. - Betsy Faga
      "There is no data available to show that moderate
      consumption of sugars has any deleterious effects
      to consumers, and such a recommendation would impact
      foods such as fortified fruit juices and cereals... "

      18) NATIONAL CATTLEMAN'S BEEF ASSN. - Mary Young
      "Advice to use plant foods as the foundation of
      meals or to build your eating pattern on a variety
      of plant foods... is dietary advice that can be
      potentially misinterpreted by consumers."

      19) GEORGETOWN UNIV. CTR. FOR FOOD & NUTRITION -
      Maureen Storey "There is no scientific evidence
      that consumption of sugar per se has a negative
      effect on health..."

      20) NATIONAL COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM "We urge you
      to strengthen the wording relating to the
      potential health risks for alcoholics."

      21) AMERICAN SUGAR CANE LEAGUE - Dean Grovois
      "About 420,000 people in this country work in
      sugar production... American agriculture is in
      a state of crisis... The price of raw sugar has
      fallen...We are teetering on the edge of a
      terrible disaster... . Your decision will have
      an affect on us."

      22) AMERICAN SUGAR BEET GROWERS - Ray Van
      Driessche "Suggesting a direct relationship
      between sugar and obesity is not sound science...
      it is hypocrisy."

      23) PEOPLE FOR ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS -
      Miyun Park "The guidelines should explicitly
      endorse vegetarianism as a healthy lifestyle."

      24) APPEARING FOR HERSELF - Fran Hissler "A milk-
      free diet is recommended. Allergies to food
      proteins, most commonly cow milk proteins, has
      been identified... "

      25) GROCERY MANUFACTURERS OF AMERICA - Lisa Katic
      "GMA strongly opposes the new recommendation on
      limiting the intake of sugar... "

      26) AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION - Elizabeth
      Johnson "The American Dietetic Association feels
      strongly that variety should remain the
      cornerstone of the guidelines."

      27) CONNECTICUT ELDERLY FOOD PROGRAM - Douglas
      Buck "I'm not in favor of being a vegetarian,
      however, heavy meat eaters would benefit from
      eating less. And those who eat less meat have
      less ischemic heart disease than regular meat
      eaters. Perhaps more could be said in the
      dietary guidelines about the benefits of
      limiting red meat and poultry consumption."

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      Robert Cohen
      http://www.notmil.com
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