The American Cancer Society took issue with the omission as well.

“The science on the link between cancer and diet is extensive,” stated said Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer with the organization. “By omitting specific diet recommendations, such as eating less red and processed meat, these guidelines miss a critical and significant opportunity to reduce suffering and death from cancer.”

NBC News adds:

Rosenberg also saw the guidelines’ failures as “apparently due to political pressure from food industry lobbyists,” while Hamerschlag said, “The administration has clearly put the financial interests of the meat industry over the weight of the science and the health of the American people.”

As for the politics behind why the guidelines can’t directly say “Eat less meat…Cut down on sugar drinks…Eat less processed and junk food,” Nestle, whose books include Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, writes:

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