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Lawmakers: Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee “Overstepped its Bounds”

April 1, 2015

We at Sip & Savor have been pointing out that the recent recommendations by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on diet do not reflect the complete scientific evidence we have on nutrition. Members of Congress are coming forward to say the same thing.

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzel, D-Mo., stated this week that the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee did not adhere to its charter authorized by Congress when it issued several recommendations based on unsound nutritional science.

Hartzel should know. She taught nutritional science for more than ten years. “The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee greatly overstepped its bounds in this report. The notion that the recommendations in this report were made based on selected data and excluded valuable nutritional information is appalling…


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March 17, 2015

Low- And No-Calorie Beverages Repeatedly Shown To Be An Effective Tool For Weight Loss And Weight Maintenance

“Previous research, including human clinical trials, supports that diet beverages are an effective tool as part of an overall weight management plan.  Numerous studies have repeatedly demonstrated the benefits of diet beverages – as well as low-calorie sweeteners, which are in thousands of foods and beverages – in helping to reduce calorie intake.

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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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Today's SmartBrief

Beverage sales bounced back in 2014 on strong bottled water sales

Increased sales of bottled water helped boost the overall beverage market last year, according to the Beverage Marketing Corp. Sales of bottled water by volume increased 7.3%, thanks in part to aggressive pricing. "Products that connect with what contemporary consumers want, like bottled water and functional offerings, added buoyancy to the ever-changing market," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Bellas. FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (3/31)

Kraft debuts Country Time Lemonade Starter

Kraft Foods is debuting a Country Time liquid beverage concentrate for easier lemonade preparation. Country Time Lemonade Starter is made with real lemon juice and comes in Classic Lemonade, Berry Lemonade and Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea flavors. GroceryHeadquarters.com (3/31)

Starbucks partners with Danone for smoothies and other yogurt products

Business Insider (3/31)

Nestle to expand child health and nutrition studies to 10 countries

Nestle plans to expand its child health and nutrition research to 10 countries, including the U.S., China and Mexico, by the end of 2016, the company announced earlier this week. Two ongoing studies will examine such factors as eating patterns and healthy weight indicators for children up to age 12. The company will rely on learnings from these studies "to continually improve the nutritional profiles of our products that address unmet nutritional needs, as well as communications, programs and services to inform health care providers, parents and caregivers," said Timothy Morck, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at Nestle USA. FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (3/31) 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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