Feb 19, 2015 • By

Guidelines on healthy eating

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) draft technical report was released to the public today.

Recommendations from this scientific document will be the basis for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s formal guidance on healthy eating and nutrition policy. It’s also the basis for the government’s “My Plate” icon.


The first edition of the Dietary Guidelines was released in 1980 and is reviewed, updated and published every 5 years.

Today’s technical report is a prelude to a final policy document, which will be released later this year, followed by a consumer campaign in 2016.

We believe good nutrition is essential for overall wellness. As more and more Americans are looking for ways to follow a healthful diet, General Mills has been focused on delivering products to meet a lifestyle focused on wellness.

Here’s how:

Whole Grain

In 2005, the Dietary Guidelines recommended that Americans make half their grains whole. Since then, General Mills has been committed to whole grain by guaranteeing every Big G cereal contains more whole grain than any other single ingredient and at least 10 grams of whole grain per serving with more than 20 Big G cereals delivering at least 16 grams.


There have been improvements in whole grain intake – the average American now gets just less than 1 serving of whole grain per day. Despite the improvement in whole grain intakes, 9 out of 10 Americans still don’t meet the recommended 3 servings of whole grain per day (48 grams). (NHANES 2011/12)

Low-fat dairy

Like most dairy products, yogurt provides many important nutrients, including protein, calcium, potassium and vitamin D. Many yogurts are low-fat or fat-free and contain little or no saturated fat and cholesterol.

Most Americans aren’t getting enough calcium or vitamin D in their diets. These important nutrients help build strong bones and maintain them throughout life. Unlike many other yogurts, most Yoplait yogurts provide a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Studies show that people who eat yogurt have higher intakes of these key nutrients.

Eating yogurt

In fiscal 2014, General Mills shipped more than 2 billion 8-ounce servings of low/non-fat dairy via our U.S. retail yogurt products, including Yoplait Original, which contains 20 percent of the Daily Value of calcium and vitamin D in each cup.


Despite continued research outlining the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, Americans are not eating even half of the recommended amount. One easy way to boost consumption is to use frozen fruits and vegetables. According to research by the University of California – Davis, frozen produce is as nutritious as its fresh counterpart. The act of freezing ‘locks in’ important vitamins and stops the nutrient loss that can occur in fresh vegetables over time, making frozen produce from brands like Green Giant and Cascadian Farm a convenient option to ensure your family is getting the nutrients they need.


See related post: “5 tips to get veggies into your favorite family meals”

The report also provides recommendations on reducing intakes of added sugars and sodium. As consumers look to limit these ingredients, we’ve been working on reducing sugar and sodium across our portfolio while making it easier for consumers to increase whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables. And just this week Yoplait announced it will be reducing sugar in its Original style yogurt by 25 percent.

General Mills has a long and focused health and wellness strategy and for many years we have been working to help our consumers lead healthier lifestyles. General Mills has improved the health profile of 76 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume since 2005, when it first established its “Health Metric” to encourage progress on nutrition and health improvements.

See related post: “Committed to health and wellness”

These improvements include enhancing positive nutrition and reducing limiters all while ensuring great taste.


For more information about General Mills’ commitment to health and wellness, download the company’s 2014 Global Responsibility Report at GeneralMills.com.

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