WASHINGTON – In response to the release of the federal dietary guidelines on Jan. 31, the National Pork Producers Council lauded the guidelines goals to reduce obesity, encourage the consumption of nutrient-rich foods and increase physical activity.

“NPPC agrees with the guidelines’ call for eating nutrient-dense foods, and many cuts of lean pork, including tenderloin and loin chops, contain quality nutrients,” said NPPC President Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa.

“The solution to the obesity problem is not a shift from animal-based foods to plant-based ones but rather a shift from nutrient-poor foods to nutrient-rich foods, emphasizing the consumption of lean meats, including pork, along with vegetables, nuts and beans,” Carney said.