2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Video Statements from Janet Riley, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, American Meat Institute, on the Release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Recommended Consumption Levels

1. TRT 0:19. “We’re very pleased that the Dietary Guidelines recognize that meat and poultry should be part of a healthy, balanced diet. They maintained the recommendation…”

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2. TRT 0:19. “These Guidelines stress what we've said all along, that balance is key..."

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3. TRT 0:05. "Americans can continue to feel good about making meat and poultry a healthy part of a balanced diet..."

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Nutritional Value


1. TRT 0:11. “Meat and poultry products are some of the most nutrient dense foods available..."

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Balanced Diet


1. TRT 0:17. “The U.S. meat industry wants to see Americans eat healthy, balanced diets consistent with the Dietary Guidelines..."

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2. TRT 0:19. “The Dietary Guidelines tell Americans what we’ve always known – that meat and poultry are an important part of a balanced diet. And…”

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3. TRT 0:17. “I think we can all agree that Americans need to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption, but they can continue to eat meat and poultry at the same rate they're eating it - five to seven ounces a day..."

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Sodium and Processed Meats


1. TRT 0:15. “Fresh meat and poultry are naturally low in sodium. Now when we process products, we do add salt. We add it for a variety of reasons..."

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2. TRT 0:23. “We are so lucky to have the variety of products we have in the meat case, and part of that variety is many, many low-sodium options..."

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3. TRT 0:11. "In response to some concerns that have been raised about American's sodium consumption, we are reformulationg our products so we can add even more low-sodium offerings into the case..."

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4. TRT 0:30. “Processed meats are a very diverse category of products..."

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Variety of Choices Available


1. TRT 0:29 “We have a more abundant meat case than any other nation in the world..."

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Weight Control


1. TRT 0:11. “There's a growing body of research in the peer-reviewed literature that shows that making lean meat and poultry part of your healthy, balanced diet can actually help you control your weight..."

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2. TRT 0:09. “There are many studies in the peer-reviewed literature that show that lean meat and poultry are key to weight control because they satisfy hunger longer..."

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Peer Reviewed Papers About Meat and Weight Control

Layman, Donald, et al., A Moderate Protein Diet Produces Sustained Weight Loss and Long-Term Changes in Body Composition and Blood Lipids in Obese Adults, Journal of Nutrition, January 21, 2009.
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Leidy, Heather, et al.., Higher Protein Intake Preserves Lean Mass and Satiety With Pre-Obese and Obese Women, Obesity, Vol. 15, No. 2. February 2, 2007.
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