January 14, 2014 ―Washington, D.C. — The Grain Chain made a presentation before the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that listed the health attributes of enriched grains and endorsed maintaining recommendations that encourage Americans to consume at least half of all grains as whole grains.
The Committee heard comments on behalf of the grain industry from distinguished Professor and Registered Dietitian Joanne Slavin, RD, PhD, of the Department of Food and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.
“Whole grains are widely recognized for their health benefits, and enriched grains offer a unique nutritional package that has proven to reduce diseases and some birth defects. Both play an important, positive role in the American diet,” says Slavin, a former 2010 DGAC member who testified on behalf of the grain industry coalition group, informally known as the Grain Chain.
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