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Recommendations Made From A Shot In The Dark

March 5, 2015

Just two weeks ago, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released its recommendations amid news that those made by previous committees were not only based on unsound science, but also may have made public health worse.

We now know that past recommendations gave inaccurate advice on cholesterol, grain-based carbohydrates, fat and coffee. Americans who followed this advice likely never knew it was based on a slim body of low-quality research that was contradicted by other nutritional science. Not a great track record.

Now it is “added” or “free” sugars that have become the vilified nutrient of the 2015 DGAC - as well as many public health activists.  Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended adults and children reduce their intake of “free”…


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News Releasesview all News Releases

February 19, 2015

2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines For Americans Advisory Committee Report Makes Recommendations That Ignore Scientific Evidence

We appreciate the work of the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and agree that total diet and physical activity must be taken into consideration to achieve a healthy lifestyle.  However, the Committee’s efforts went beyond its charge and authority to develop dietary recommendations based on scientific evidence by advocating for public policies such as taxes and restrictions on foods and beverages. The Committee does not have the authority to make such recommendations, nor the scientific evidence or expertise to back up its recommendations.

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January 27, 2015

American Beverage Association Response To Human Reproduction Study On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages And Menarche

“Neither this study nor the body of science shows that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption causes early onset of menarche. What the body of science supports is that adolescent girls are reaching puberty earlier than prior generations; however, there is no scientific consensus concerning the cause of this trend.”

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January 22, 2015

Six U.S. Cities Win Grant Awards To Support Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced today the winners of 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards, during its 83rd Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. The awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.

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January 12, 2015

American Beverage Association Responds To Senate Report On Energy Drinks

“Energy drinks have been enjoyed safely by millions of people around the world for more than 25 years, and in the U.S. for more than 15 years.  Energy drinks, their ingredients and labeling are regulated by the FDA, and, like most consumer products, their advertising is subject to oversight from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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Today's SmartBrief

Fortification is key to formulating healthier products, Nestle exec says

The food and beverage industry should focus research and development efforts on making more nutritious and sustainable products, said Nestle head of global R&D Johannes Baensch. Manufacturers should focus on fortification in addition to cutting salt, sugar and fat when reformulating products, Baensch said. Nestle recently lowered the amount of sugar and added vitamins and minerals to its Nesquik beverage powder. FoodNavigator (3/6)

New grapefruit flavor formula could cut costs, researchers say

Researchers at Oxford Biotrans have developed technology to create nootkatone, the flavor and fragrance compound of grapefruit, from oranges. The compound is less expensive to produce than the grapefruit-derived version and fills the void for a natural grapefruit flavoring at a time when "manufacturers are increasingly looking for natural flavors," CEO Jason King said. FoodNavigator (3/5)

General Mills turns acid whey into prebiotics

General Mills has applied for an international patent for a method that it says produces prebiotics from acid whey, a by-product of Greek yogurt. The resulting product can be incorporated into cereals, snack bars, sauces and fruit snacks and benefits digestive health and the immune system, the company wrote in its patent filing. DairyReporter.com (France) (3/2)

How marketing will change in the next 5 years

Representatives from leading brands, marketing startups, media firms and creative agencies in this article predict how marketing will change in the next five years. "Transparency is the new black," says Chris Brandt, Taco Bell's chief marketing officer. "Consumers expect more information from the brands they use and they expect brands to do good. They want to know who they are and what they stand for." FastCoCreate (3/4) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts

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Lima Mayor David Berger wins 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Award

ABA is proud to support the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards. Announced in January,  the awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.

You can learn more about the first place in the small city category winner by watching this video featuring Mayor David Berger of Lima, Ohio, and his "Cooking for Change" healthy eating initiative.  By encouraging creativity and innovation to help reduce obesity in Lima and Allen County, the program, which is designed by local food management and culinary arts students, offers challenges and cooking classes for both students and families to find efficient ways to make healthy and affordable meals.

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