National Pork Board makes statement regarding dietary guidelines for Americans
The Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, which support the goals of reducing obesity, encouraging consumption of nutrient-rich foods, and increasing physical activity.
The Guidelines show that animal proteins are essential to the diet, as meat provides vital nutrients such as heme iron and vitamin B12 which many Americans lack.
Pork, in particular, is a lean, low-calorie, nutrient-rich protein which can help with weight control. In fact, recent studies show eating lean meats such as pork can lead to weight loss by reducing hunger sensations, helping people feel full and preserving lean muscle mass.
National Pork Board help educate Americans
The National Pork Board recently became a My Pyramid partner and says that it looks forward to working with the Department of Agriculture to help educate Americans on choosing, preparing and eating healthy food options.