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Grain Chain Responds to Dietary Guidelines Advisory Subcommittee Recommendation to Replace 2 Servings of Grains with 2 Servings of Vegetables

May 4, 2010

Washington, DC – May 4, 2010 – The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) joined the 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, USA Rice Federation and Wheat Foods Council in disputing the recommendation of the Nutrient Adequacy Subcommittee of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to replace two servings of grains with two servings of vegetables. The recommendation came as a result of the DGAC review of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines are reviewed every five years.

In the joint comments, the grain chain recognized “nutritionists’ frustrations that consumers are eating too many energy-dense forms of potatoes.”  The group argued that replacing two servings of grains with two servings of vegetables is not “a solution for increasing more colorful vegetables and/or whole grains in the diet.” The group also expressed concern that “fried starchy vegetables would be substituted for grains, increasing total calories and fat significantly.”

Additional comments made by the grain chain in response to several subcommittee recommendations included:

  • Use the term “enriched” grains, when referencing grains that are not defined as whole grains.
  • Support a voluntary, gradual and incremental approach to the reduction of sodium in foods that is mindful of functional properties and consumer preferences.
  • Continue use of the current guideline: “Consume half your grains from whole.”

The comments were submitted April 29. To read the comments in full, go to NAMA’s web site at http://www.namamillers.org/Comments_DGAC_042910.html. The final meeting of the DGAC is May 12, after the entire report is written. The DGAC will issue a report to the Secretaries of U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services and the report will be published in the Federal Register and made available to the public for comment.

NAMA is the trade association representing 48 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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