Grain Chain Disputes Advisory Group's Findings

Grain Chain Disputes Advisory Group's Findings

Switching grains for vegetables in dietary guidelines could cause problems.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has recommended changing the 2005 Dietary guidelines for Americans to encourage replacing two servings of grains with two servings of vegetables. The decision is being disputed by a group calling themselves the grain chain. This group includes the North American Millers' Association, 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 joint comments, the grain chain recognizes nutritionists' frustrations that consumers are eating too many energy-dense forms of potatoes. The group argues 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.

The advisory council will issue a report to the Secretaries 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.

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