The American Bakers Association, Washington, D.C., encouraged the United States Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to maintain the current recommended daily level of six-grain servings as part of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
“The complex carbohydrates in grain-based foods provide essential fuel the body needs and are the foundation for a healthy lifestyle,” states president and CEO Robb MacKie of the ABA, in oral testimony presented mid-July. “Grain foods are well-liked by adults and children and provide an excellent vehicle for Americans to obtain good nutrition.”
MacKie specifically stressed that since 1941, bakers have enriched products with iron and B vitamins including riboflavin, niacin and thiamine to maintain a healthy nervous system and increase energy production. Grain foods were singled out because health officials recognized they were economical foods that served as the base of Americans’ diets.
ABA Stresses Importance of Grains Before Dietary Guidelines Committee
July 20, 2010