Consumers will benefit from newly released federal Dietary Guidelines that are comprehensive and science-based and avoid false and misleading “good food/bad food” arguments, the Grocery Manufacturers of America said today. GMA commented on the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were released today at the National Nutrition Summit.

“The Dietary Guidelines for Americans reflect advice on diet, nutrition and health that is substantiated by the weight of scientific evidence,” said Lisa Katic, a registered dietitian and GMA Director, Scientific and Nutrition Policy. “Language advising consumers to choose a diet moderate in sugars follows that scientific path.

“We believe the Guidelines wisely avoid the blame game of unscientific accusations aimed at particular industries or foods. These arguments detract from meaningful efforts to address issues such as obesity, malnutrition, and physical inactivity.

“We applaud the Guidelines’ increased emphasis on physical education and food safety, which GMA has strongly advocated,” said Katic, who moderated a panel on obesity at Nutrition Summit. “We need to see regular physical activity made a part of every child’s day. Children need to be provided with the skills and opportunities to incorporate physical activity into their lives.”

Katic noted that GMA’s member companies have continually worked to anticipate changing consumer nutritional demands over the last 30 years since the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health.

“The key is to offer all consumers the largest number of choices in the most cost effective manner,” said Katic. “Whether the issue is fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals, increasing levels of folic acid, providing low-calorie, low-fat, or no-fat alternatives, or supplementing foods and beverages with calcium to help prevent osteoporosis, national brand manufacturers are providing shoppers with new and exciting product choices.”

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GMA is the world’s largest association of food, beverage and consumer brand companies. With U.S. sales of more than $460 billion, GMA members employ more than 2.5 million workers in all 50 states. The organization applies legal, scientific, and political expertise from its member companies to vital food, nutrition, and public policy issues affecting the industry. Led by a board of 42 Chief Executive Officers, GMA speaks for food and consumer product manufacturers at the state, federal and international levels on legislative and regulatory issues. The association also leads efforts to increase productivity, efficiency, and growth in the food, beverage and consumer products industry.