The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is out with its new recommendations, which form the scientific basis for what’s considered the healthy American diet. Among other things, the 571-page report calls for a dramatic reduction of added sugars, to just 10 percent of one’s daily calorie intake. And for the sake of the environment and for our health, the panel recommends, Americans should eat more vegetables and less meat.
Guess who doesn’t agree.
The meat and soda industries are coming out in force against the recommendations, accusing them of being “flawed” and “nonsensical” (North American Meat Institute) and the 14-member panel of going “beyond its charge and authority” (American Beverage Association) in recommending public policies that would tax the sales of sugary foods and beverages.