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Grain Chain Reminds Advisory Committee 95% of all refined/milled grains are enriched

July 15, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – July 15, 2010 – In comments submitted today the grain chain, including the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA), American Bakers Association, American Institute of Baking, Grain Foods Foundation, Grains for Health Foundation, Independent Bakers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Pasta Association, Retail Bakers of America, USA Rice Federation, and Wheat Foods Council reminded the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) that 95% of all refined/milled grains are enriched. The comments were submitted in response to the DGAC technical report published in the Federal Register last month.

The reminder came with the recommendation that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines should use the term “enriched” grains when referencing grains that are not defined as whole. Additional recommendations the grain chain made were:

  • Continue use of the current guideline: “Make half your grains whole.”
  • The 2010 Dietary Guidelines should reconsider the blanket recommendation to limit “refined” carbohydrates.
  • The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans should consider and support a voluntary, gradual and incremental approach to the reduction of sodium in foods that is mindful of functional properties and consumer preferences.
  • The 2010 Dietary Guidelines should use sound science regarding added sugars.
  • The 2010 Dietary Guidelines must continue to recommend physical activity.

In conclusion, the grain chain stated, “There are many valid reasons to continue use of the current guidelines regarding enriched and whole grains: “Make half your grains whole.” But the most compelling reason for not altering the recommendations lies in harmonization of federal nutrition policy and recommendations. It is crucial to not undermine a highly successful public health policy regarding folic acid intake that has demonstrated its success through empirical data – and the very human face of healthier babies. Since 1998, when grain products manufacturers complied with the FDA mandate, our companies have invested extensive resources in education efforts regarding the importance of folic acid for mothers-to-be by partnering with the March of Dimes and the Folic Acid Awareness Council.”

To read the full comments, go to http://www.namamillers.org/Comments_DGA_GrainChain_07152010.html.

NAMA is the trade association representing 45 companies that operate 170 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 160 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production.

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