U.S. dietary guidelines should reaffirm coffee is part of healthy diets

11-Feb-2020 - USA

William "Bill" Murray, President and CEO of the National coffee Association, issued the following statement after submitting comments on behalf of the NCA to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), the body charged with making science-based recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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"Since 2015, when the U.S. government first advised Americans that coffee can be part of a healthy diet, overwhelming scientific evidence has even more strongly confirmed that coffee drinkers live longer, healthier lives,” Murray said.

"Study after study shows that drinking coffee can protect against some cancers and chronic diseases, regardless of whether consumers add things like milk and sugar to their favorite drink. Instead of evaluating coffee independently, the 2020 DGAC is considering coffee in the broad category of beverages. NCA is concerned this approach does not adequately reflect coffee’s many unique health benefits.

”NCA regularly submits comments to the DGAC in order to shine a spotlight on the mountain of scientific evidence supporting coffee's role as a healthy beverage

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