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"Meatless Monday" not about health, AMI official says

Janet Riley, American Meat Institute Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, said Monday the “Meatless Monday” campaign sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is not about health because meat is the one food group that is consumed in the proper quantity, according to federal consumption data. These figures show that the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend five to seven ounces from the meat and beans group per day. Men consume 6.9 ounces of meat per day and women, 4.4 ounces daily.

Interviewed on National Public Radio, Riley said a Meatless Monday campaign suggests that people are over-consuming meat, which they are not. But they are under-consuming vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and seriously overconsuming discretionary fats and sugars.

“If you’re concerned about people’s health, you’d want to have a ‘Vegetable Tuesday’ or a ‘Whole Grains Wednesday.’ But now we’re telling people to give up meat, and that’s unfortunate.” Riley said she suspects that this movement is being pushed by people who care more about animal rights than human nutrition.

Janet Riley, American Meat Institute Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, said Monday the “Meatless Monday” campaign sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is not about health because meat is the one food group that is consumed in the proper quantity, according to federal consumption data. These figures show that the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend five to seven ounces from the meat and beans group per day. Men consume 6.9 ounces of meat per day and women, 4.4 ounces daily.

Interviewed on National Public Radio, Riley said a Meatless Monday campaign suggests that people are over-consuming meat, which they are not. But they are under-consuming vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and seriously overconsuming discretionary fats and sugars.

“If you’re concerned about people’s health, you’d want to have a ‘Vegetable Tuesday’ or a ‘Whole Grains Wednesday.’ But now we’re telling people to give up meat, and that’s unfortunate.” Riley said she suspects that this movement is being pushed by people who care more about animal rights than human nutrition.

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