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[Reblog] (USDA) Pulled in Two Directions

From the 29 November 2012 post at BonAppeTERP :Terps talk about eating and living sustainably at UMD

November 29, 2012 by evabein

The USDA is charged with promoting the interests of U.S agriculture while simultaneously educating the public about proper eating habits. As American’s consume more meat than ever before and health concerns begin to surface about the advisability of this consumption, the two roles of the USDA have come into conflict. Advising more moderate meat consumption would not be in the interest of the meat industry, yet promoting it would not be in the interest of public health. Since these stakeholders often hold opposing views, the USDA can often only promote one of their interests at a time; and, pressure from either side can determine which interest is promoted.
For example, this summer, the USDA posted a statement on its website encouraging its employees to avoid meat on Meatless Monday  (a campaign to improve personal and environmental health). But after objections from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, it was removed from the website. Given the competing interests, how should we know when the USDA’s actions are benefiting us or when they are aimed to benefit another interest?


December 13, 2012 Posted by | Consumer Health, Nutrition | , , , | Leave a comment

Protein Food Dietary Information from the USDA

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has good dietary information summaries  on protein foods.

Links on the page guide readers to information on vegetarian choices, what counts as an ounce, tips for making wise choices, and the roles of various nutrients in this group (as Vitamin E as an antioxidant)


From the USDA Web site Protein Foods

What foods are in the protein foods group?

All foods made from meat, poultry, fish, dry beans or peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the protein foods group. Dry beans and peas are part of this group as well as the vegetable group. For more information on dry beans and peas click here.

Most meat and poultry choices should be lean or low-fat. Fish, nuts, and seeds contain healthy oils, so choose these foods frequently instead of meat or poultry. (See Why is it important to include fish, nuts, and seeds?)

Some commonly eaten choices in the protein foods group, with selection tips, are: [listing at the Web site]



The Meats Food Gallery
link at this Web site has pictures  (marked in inches) of  serving portions along with their related meat/bean daily equivalents.
For example


Salmon steak — 8 ounces cooked weight

Meat and Beans Group: counts as 8 ounce equivalents meat and beans


Picture of Salmon

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The USDA also has similar information on other Food Groups.




March 17, 2011 Posted by | Nutrition | , , , | Leave a comment


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