Nation Dietary Guide Reviewed

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Congress wants to review the nation's dietary guidelines.

In the spending bill passed last week, a million dollars were included for the National Academy of Medicine to study how the Federal Dietary Guidelines are updated every five years.

This comes out just as the 2015 guidelines are getting ready to be released and it's a result of a bipartisan attack at an October congressional hearing.

House Representative  and Democrat from Minnesota Collin Peterson says, "My concern is we've had these guidelines that have pushed people away from eggs and butter and milk and so forth. And then they come back and say, 'Well, we were wrong.' And so my question is, what are we going to do to make sure that doesn't happen in the future?"

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack argues science changes and they are guidelines; however, it affects school meals and military rations.

The just-enacted spending bill will let USDA have 30 days to hire a study done on the guidelines to see how evidence is assembled, if there is process bias, and if the latest research is used.


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